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THE ELON COLLEGE WEEKLY.
April 26, 1911.
Devoted to the Interests of Teaching.
Thomas C. Amick, Ph. D., Editor.
THE TEACHER’S XOKMAL
It was tlie good fortune of Elou
CollPt;e to offiT a Normal Course for
Teaehers this spring. On the after
noon of of tlie tenth of April fifteen
teaehers eame to take the course. Oth
ers entered later and tlie niimber is
Tlie Teachers’ term opened on the
eleventh and every one who came to
take the coiirse is very entiiusiastie
and desirous of prepai’ing for better
work. The two months’ study in Elon
College under a strong faculty and
with all the modern advantages and
tquipinent will certainly tell in their
lives. Several of the schools in the
state will have better prepared and
more enthusiastie teachers becau.se of
this course offered by Elon College.
While the teachers have the oppor
tunity of taking advanced work in
bome branches, it is a noticeable fact
that nearly all of them confine them
selves to the courses given in the pub
lic schools. The cause of this is ot)vi-
oiis. They wish to ]>rei)are themselves
to do thoroughly that which they un
dertake to do. They aim to prepare
themseU'cs for the best and the full
est service possible.
What The Teachers Are Doing—Arithme
The course in .\rithinetic is given by
1»r. Wicker, the )>rofes.sor of ilatlu--
niatiis in tlie college. It includes the
jirinciples of Arithmetic, the solution
of problems, the methods of teaching
this important subject, the mastery
of the subject matter of the te.xt, as
well as siich a thorough knowledge of
the siiliject as will make any teacher
familiar with any text on the sub
ject. I’ractically all the teachers are
taking this work.
One day last week a broad smile
came across the face of Prof. Lawrence,
the ])rofessor of English, as a large
bevy of teachers entered his class
room for work in English Grammar.
Although he knew the names of but
few of these persons, yet he felt that
kindred spirits were near, and that
hearts beating in unison with his heart
were present, for they were all en
gaged in the same great work in which
lie was engaged.—the work of teach
ing. The professor bade them good
morning and commenced giving them
a course in English that covers the
■structure of the greatest language on
the earth. The work will cover the
geni'ral principles of (irammar, how
to teach Language and Grammar, and
a course in English CJomposition and
Dr. Xewmaii has been sick for some
days and has not met the teachers to
organize his class in Physiology and
Hygiene. We hope ere this comes
from the press, he may be at his work
and that he may be well again. This
work will include a course in Physi
ology somewhat more comprehensive
and soniewliat fuller than the course
given in the high school. For the time,
the course will be as complete as possi
Teachers generally have very little
knowledge of this subject. The oppor
tunity is afforded them to get instruc
tion under one of the best teaehers in
the state and practically all of them
have taken advantage of the opportu
nity. iliss Bryan, the head of the
Art Department of Elon College, has
charge of this work. All are interest
ed in the work and are making good
progress. It was our pleasure to no-
ti('c some of the fine work done by the
teachers in this department last year.
Phonics and Reading.
The head of the Department of E.x-
pr(‘ssion. Miss Ethel Clements, has
charge of this work. Since phonics is
demanded in the public schools, it is
well that every teacher should study
the subject. And they are doing so.
We beli('ve the course in reading will
also be very valuable. There is si-arce-
1\ any accomplishment that deserv'es
to rank higher than the ability to read
And what shall we say of Latin? It
seems as if all would avoid this im-
jiortant branch of human knowledge.
Prof. Harper says that most students
do not like sound doctrine; that they
prefer rather the soda water and silla-
liub subjects to those that have sound
truth and judgment in them. Perhai)s
this is so. Hut teachers coming to
tiikc’ a course of study to iirepare
themselves thonmglily for tlu‘ public
school work do not have time to take
such subjects as ]jatin, Trigcmometry.
C’ah'ulus and other subjects out.side of
their work. Hence they leave off Lat
in and (xreek as well as many other
subjects they would like to take.
Geography and Agriculture.
This work is given by Prof. Bran-
iiock, the professor of Natural Science
in Elon College. His classes in these
subjects are large, jiractically every
one who came having chosen this work.
The jolly good nature of Prof. Bran-
nock would induce almost any one to
take his course, but, look out when
you get in I He gives you work to do
and plenty of it. We feel that the
teachers will know a great deal more
about Agriculture, the formation of
the soils, what soils need, etc,, than
v\hen they came. H’ not, we feel it
will not be the fault of the teacher.
The course in (ieogra])hy is mainly a
course in advanced Physiography.
The course cov'ers the history of our
cun state. Jlethods of teaching will
also be discussed. An effort will be
made to arouse a love for historical
study and to build up the historical
spirit. We feel that this is a very im
portant course and are gratified at tlie
(Other jiarts of the course discussed
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