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DBQ number 2 - Lauren Furlong November 5 2007 EDFD 221...

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Lauren Furlong November 5, 2007 EDFD 221 DBQ #2 Pages 71-76 Methods of Teaching Methods of Teaching is a document that is known as a curricular guide which is a guide designed to help teachers or in this case parents in developing a teaching plan for their children. This particular document features the general method of teaching. It shows this by splitting the information under different types of headings such as “Preliminary Definitions.” Also, the wording of this document is typed. “Methods of Teaching” was originally published in 1886. The author of this document happens to be Emerson E. White. This document was written to help teachers learn general methods of teaching. It helps develop outlines and then apply the methods to the every day classroom. This document basically is a guide to help new teachers develop their methods in their own classrooms. “Teaching is the act of presenting objects and subjects of thought to the pupil’s mind as occasions of mental activity and knowledge,” here it describes the method of presented information, perhaps visually, to help the students learn. I believe this is important because some students reach out to visual learning instead of other ways. Also, another important thing that stood out to me happened to be is after a certain period of time students are “thrown upon his own resources, and begins what may properly be called original composition.” I found this interesting because the teacher is using a method of trust, trusting the student to pick their own topic and to get the work done.
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“Methods of Teaching” was written for new teachers to learn about new methods to bring to their students and hope they could learn from them. “The foregoing principles clearly indicate the characteristics features of a general method of teaching.” After reading that, you can see that this was written for people to better themselves in their own field of teaching. Life in the United States in the year of 1886 as a young child seems to be the same as now a day. “When the child enters school, say at six years of age, he has a considerable stock of concepts and ideas acquired by observation, experience, and home instruction. Children now in the year of 2007 when entered in school also have learned things from home instruction such as talking, writing their names, or possibly even reading. Not only do parents help these children do that, but also, “If brought up in an intelligent family, the child at this age has learned nursery rhymes, passages, and prayers.” Same goes for the child of 2007, if taught by a parent they will learn unlike a
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