In the School Room cover

In the School Room

John S. Hart (1810-1877)

1. Preface
2. Chapter 1 What is Teaching?
3. Chapter 2 The Art of Questioning
4. Chapter 3 The Difference Between Teaching and Training
5. Chapter 4 Modes of Hearing Recitations
6. Chapter 5 On Observing a Proper Order in the Development of the Mental Faculties
7. Chapter 6 Teaching Children What They Do Not Understand
8. Chapter 7 Cultivating the Memory in Youth
9. Chapter 8 Knowledge Before Memory
10. Chapter 9 The Power of Words
11. Chapter 10 The Study of Language
12. Chapter 11 Cultivating the Voice
13. Chapter 12 Eyes
14. Chapter 13 Errors of the Cave
15. Chapter 14 Men of One Idea
16. Chapter 15 A Talent for Teaching
17. Chapter 16 Teaching Power
18. Chapter 17 Growing
19. Chapter 18 Loving the Children
20. Chapter 19 Gaining Affections of the Scholars
21. Chapter 20 The Obedience of the Children
22. Chapter 21 Rarey as an Educator
23. Chapter 22 A Boarding School Experience
24. Chapter 23 Phrenology
25. Chapter 24 Normal Schools
26. Chapter 25 Practice - Teaching
27. Chapter 26 Part 1 Attention as a Mental Faculty, and as a Means of Mental Culture
28. Chapter 26 Part 2 Attention as a Mental Faculty, and as a Means of Mental Culture
29. Chapter 27 Gaining the Attention
30. Chapter 28 Part 1 Counsels To a Young Teacher
31. Chapter 28 Part 2 Counsels To a New Pupil
32. Chapter 28 Part 3 Counsels To a young Lady Leaving a Boarding School
33. Chapter 28 Part 4 Counsels To a pupil entering a normal school
34. Chapter 29 Part 1 An Argument for Common Schools
35. Chapter 29 Part 2 An Argument for Common Schools
36. Chapter 30 What is Education?

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In the first place, teaching is not simply telling. A class may be told a thing twenty times over, and yet not know it. Talking to a class is not necessarily teaching. I have known many teachers who were brimful of information, and were good talkers, and who discoursed to their classes with ready utterance a large part of the time allotted to instruction; yet an examination of their classes showed little advancement in knowledge.