Posted by: austend | Friday, November 28, 2008

Laws of Teaching

These thoughts come from The Seven Laws of Teaching By John Milton Gregory {here}.

The Laws of Teaching stated as rules:

  1. Know thoroughly and familiarly the lesson you wish to teach; teach from a full mind and a clear understanding.
  2. Gain and keep the attention and interest of the pupils upon the lesson.  Do not try to teach without attention.
  3. Use words understood in the same way by the pupils and yourself; language clear and vivid to both.
  4. Begin with what is already known to the pupil upon the subject and with what he has himself experienced; and proceed to the new material by single, easy, and natural steps, letting the known explain the unknown.
  5. Stimulate the pupil’s own mind to action.  Keep his thoughts as much as possible ahead of your expression, placing him in the attitude of a discoverer, an anticipator.
  6. Require the pupil to reproduce in thought the lesson he is learning; thinking it out in its various phases and applications till he can express it in his own language.
  7. Review, review, review!  Reproducing the old, deepening its impression with new thought, linking it with added meanings, finding new applications, correcting any false views, and completing the true.

If you’re a teacher of any sort, pay attention to these.  These are outstanding!

More will be said on each of these rules in the coming days.

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