My daughter, a teacher of children in disadvantaged circumstances, has been visiting. She left for Melbourne by the morning train.
It's always a sad time for me when my daughters leave, each time more poignant than the last. Those who know my story will understand why, as will those who are or have been in similar circumstances.
This isn't about goodbyes, about which I have written before and I won't come back to here, but it's related to Sylvia's visit this time.
I was a trainee teacher in 1964 and 1965. Tracey gave Sylvia my old teaching prac diaries to look at. I'd kept them but never opened them since graduating. Notes of lessons mostly, with supervisors' comments, but she found what's below as well. I had reached the ripe old age of 17 when I compiled it. The language was very much that of the times. Note, for example, No. 8.
For ease of reading, I have transcribed them below the image.
Points on Encouraging Enthusiasm
1. Teacher should be a sound organiser.
2. Must take care and use foresight in preparation.
3. The tasks must be carefully graded.
4. Difficulties at one stage should be overcome before others occur.
5. One process at a time must be taught.
6. Short problems are often just as provoking as long ones.
7. Correction should be prompt and careful.
8. The weaknesses of dull children should be investigated, and action taken.
9. The efforts of bright children should receive recognition.
10. Each process should be presented in a variety of ways.
11. Frequent time tests and team races.
12. Work of special merit should be commended.