Posted by: austend | Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thoughts for Teachers Pt. 2

Warning: the very ignorance of his pupils may tempt the teacher to neglect careful preparation and study. He may think that in any event he will know more of the lesson than the pupils can, and imagine that he will find something to say about it, or that the ignorance will pass unnoticed. A sad mistake, and one that often costs dearly. The cheat is almost sure to be discovered, and from that time the teacher’s standing with the class is gone. Don’t fake knowledge of a subject. Don’t neglect study just because the students may seem very ignorant of this subject.

Warning: A more serious fault is that of those who, failing to find stimulation in the lesson, make it a mere framework upon which to hang some fancies of their own. Don’t use your lesson as a means of teaching your own doctrine or ideas on something unrelated to the subject at hand.

There is a meaner wrong done by the teacher who seeks to conceal his lazy ignorance with some pompous pretense of learning, hiding his lack of knowledge by an array of high-sounding phrases beyond the comprehension of his pupils, uttering solemn platitudes in a wise tone, or claiming extensive study and profound information which he has not the time to lay properly before them. Don’t hide your own ignorance or lack of study by speaking above your student’s heads and faking knowledge.

These are all thoughts taken directly from:
John Milton Gregory, The Seven Laws of Teaching, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1954). {Here}

This is an outstanding book! I highly recommend it for anyone who does any type of teaching.

Those statements in italics are my explanatory notes for possibly unclear statements.

This is part of a series: {All Posts in Series}

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