31 YEAR BOOK Page Forty-nine From My Diary (The First Week of School) Monday: School opened today. I have been greatly excited. I am very anxious to be a success. I have been remembering Mr. Hay’s talk the very first day we ever saw him—“Let your light so shine before men that they shall see your good works and glorify the instructors who are at Normal.” Had trouble with my register so decided to wait until to¬ night and then write it out in my best School Management style. Tuesday: Decorated the walls with my Arithmetic Chart and some of my Art Exercises. I left the marks on those that had 6 but rubbed them off the others. Was amused at some of the pupils— “Did you really do those, Miss X? Gee!” Have written to ask Mr. Hutton to look around the Normal for an exercise I seem to have lost. Gave the pupils their first lesson in the value of Cleanli¬ ness. Tommy was very dirty so I jerked off his sweater and only remembered Mr. Hay’s warning when it came in two. Have decided to teach them by the lecture method after this. Had the first Writing Lesson. Spent the time teaching the proper position so didn’t have to write for them. Shall have to practice i’s and u’s tonight. Wednesday: Several parents and School Board members came to see me after school. Wanted to make my first lessons vivid so opened a bottle of queer smelling liquid. Some of the children must have disliked it. I explained that Dr. Coffin had advocated such a scheme as an aid to memory but even that didn’t help much. Have had to promise not to do it again. Thursday: Must write to Miss Fisher. Showed great piles of pictures to Gradel, and Grade II insisted on watching when I had given them some Arithmetic to. do. I must find out how to make them pay attention to their own work. I couldn’t find anything about it in my notes. Had a music lesson today. I couldn’t find my pitch-pipe so had to hum Doh for them. I think it was quite satisfactory. They had never had Music before. Tried to teach them how to end their words properly. Am afraid it was more of a language lesson before we got through. Friday: This has been a long week. I am wondering what to do. 1 came prepared with two shoe-boxes and piles of envelopes full of seatwork but I seem to have used most of it this week trying to keep the children occupied until we got definitely settled. Also, I haven’t enough blackboard space. I tried to teach Grade VII a lesson in Grammar and only had enough room for 9 examples. I had to have the pupils write the tenth in their scribblers which was not very satisfactory. I wonder if it will be all right if I use only 9 examples after this. I am very anxious to be a good teacher and do as I should. Was almost at a loss this afternoon in my first Art lesson but dealt with difficulties as they arose and so finished all right. Finished the afternoon telling the children stories. I think I am going to love teaching school! ! ! M. ROBB. Lobbying in the First Classes STERLING MACLEOD’S mind wandering during music period. BETTY WEBB writhing into a seat the last minute before the bell rings. KATHLEEN McDOUGALL looking agitated and teetering about on a pair of three ancf a half inch heels. MARK McCLUNG judging the enunc iation of IA and IB. MARY CLIFFORD and MARION ROBB going to one more meeting. The twins OVIATT and DUKE entertaining fourteen girls from assorted classes on the third floor. The four MARYS from IC proceeding up the hall like a school of dolphins. D. J.
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