Dawn, Rush To School, Work Like Mad,
Up All Night, And For What? Practice Teaching!
By Peggy Chears
Up at the crack of dawn, at
school by eight—that’s the daily
morning schedule of “Miss” Prac
tice Teacher. Of course, practice
teaching isn’t really that simple.
Besides the awful matter of get
ting up before anyone or anything
else on campus—with the possible
exception of Mr. Campbell—Prac
tice Teacher must go to school,
teach her students (and I use the
word “students” to mean children
who sit in school), and have con
ferences with her critic teacher,
her supervisors, her department
head, and with her struggling
Must Go To Meetings
Oh yes, there are also P. T. A.,
N. C. E. A., F. T. A., and faculty
meetings to attend, test papers to
be graded, lesson plans to be
made, revised, and evaluated, bul
letin boards to be planned,, pro
jects to be assigned, and field trips
to be planned, approved, and moti
If you think that is a full day’s
work, you are right; it is. Now
you can see why Practice Teacher
looks as if she doesn’t get any
Roughly, Practice Teacher’s day
might be divided into four parts.
First, there is the getting-up stage
which includes dressing in the
semi-darkness, gathering up her
materials for the day ahead, and
rushing to the dining room for
Second Phase Begins
After breakfast, the second phase
begins—getting into the station
wagon and being conveyed to
school. The third part begins im
mediately upon Practice Teacher’s
arrival at school; the children come
and the teaching day begins.
The final stage of the day might
be called the aftermath. It in
cludes the routine correcting of
past work, planning of future les
sons, and attending conferences,
meetings, and classes which Salem
requires for graduation.
The day begins fairly normally
for Practice Teacher. She man
ages to dress in the minimum time
with the minimum noise; her
roommate is usually awakened
about a dozen times before Prac
tice Teacher finally leaves.
And Away To School
After a hurried breakfast of
grapefruit, two biscuits, and a cup
of black coffee. Practice Teacher
is ready to man the station wagon
and away to school.
Few people really know the
modern invention known as the
station wagon as Practice Teacher
knows it. Few people have been
lulled by the gentle, swaying
motion which the back seat riders
experience. Few people know the
advantage of not having a horn to
shatter the riders’ nerves.
One important thing to remem
ber about a station wagon is that
it must have gasoline to coax it
to go. After Practice Teacher and
her cronies have stopped by the
filling station and had the vehicle’s
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teachers are off for their • work
with a few jerks and jolts.
Another Day Is Here
Dodging pedestrians and the
early morning traffic, the teachers
zoom on to school, scowling at all
the eager school children standing
in the middle of the road waiting
for the school bus. On past an
85 mile per hour zone (of course,
the station wagon’s maximum
speed is in the 20’s), down the next
hill and the last mile is in sight.
Another school day is here.
Teaching situations vary from
person to person and from school
to school, but Practice Teacher
has a fairly normal English class.
There are 45 students in her class.
Out of the 45, 30 are repeating the
grade, 10 are new students, and
five were passed on condition.
The first day at school. Practice
Teacher’s critic teacher gives her
a seating chart, and Practice
Teacher sits inconspicuously in the
back of the room observing and
learning the students' names. After
a week of observing. Practice
Teacher is ready to begin her
solo (or so low) teaching.
For the first time. Practice
Teacher faces her students, and
suddenly she makes a startling dis
covery; she has learned all the
children by the backs of their
heads, and she doesn’t recognize
a single child—much less know his
name. Nevertheless, Practice
Teacher begins teaching.
Time passes and Practice
Teacher learns many things. How
ever, she is haunted by one thought,
“Time passes; will you?” Inci
dents occur but Practice Teacher
handles them with ease. After all,
she had taken methods and tech
niques for teaching at school.
There was the time when the
two students had a knife battle
and she had to take the boys out
side to settle the feud. There was
another case when the children de
cided to throw one of the boys in
the commode, and Teacher had to
decide whether to push the handle
or to save the child for posterity.
Children will be children.’; so
Practice Teacher bravely learned
to face the times when children
became nauseated in school or
came to school with measles.
Teacher Couldn’t Laugh
Practice Teacher had to learn
when to laugh and when not to.
Once she fell over a stack of
books in the front of the room,
but naturally and good-naturedly
she smiled. There were times when
children made mistakes and Prac
tice Teacher couldn’t laugh.
For example. Practice Teacher
told Steve not to say “he had
drewed;” he must always remem
ber to say “he had drawed.” There
was a younger child who had dif
ficulty with his pronunciation. He
told Practice Teacher he was from
“Miscousin” and his father was in
the “Army Preserves.”
Practice Teacher found that
teaching was not all hard work.
Children sometimes responded
eagerly to the planned work, and
they were on their best behavior
when the supervisors came in to
observe. Sometimes the children
carried this too far—to the extent
that they refused to talk when a
stranger came into the room.
Practice Teacher also found
other interests in the school. She
discovered that some of her male
students were older than she, and
that there was an unmarried as
sistant coach on the faculty.
The final week of teaching in the
school was one of mixed happiness
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Ruthie Derrick learning the Char
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dating Buck . . . Sally Reiland and
Guppie Mixon eating an Armistice
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her 15 soldiers . . . Suspicious-
looking cans outside the window
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Fifteen juniors going to see “Sud
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of Paul Revere Simpson . . . Alison
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breeze” on the kitchen steps . . .
Marian Lewis’ air conditioned
dress . . . Betty McGlaughon sing
ing Happy Birthday to herself . . .
Hadwig’s exodus from South to
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of a cowboy . . . South’s music
theory blues . .'. Jeanne Harrison’s
ping-pong game . . . Midnight oil
burning in Old Chapel . . . Anna
Katherine saying “hello” to roll
call . . . Bare trees on campus . . .
Practice teachers temporarily re
laxing . . . Freshmen still greeting
each of the five daily mails . . .
Christmas arriving early, as usual,
at the Book Store . . . Francine
Pitts “snowing” one of Tom Perry’s
employees . . . Salemites unload
ing their burdens at the Stee Gee
meeting . . . Pris Hedrick’s parents
coming to see her from New Jer
sey . . . Carol Glaser receiving an
asparagus mid-night snack,
Y Group Meets
A committee appointed by the
Y Cabinet met with Dr. Dale H,
Gramley this week for an evalua
tion of Religious Emphasis Week.
Suggestions were made for im
provements of this activity, but no
future plans were made.
Representatives of from IS to 2J
colleges will meet at Salem at noon
Monday, Nov. 17 for the formal
organization of the proposed Norfi
Carolina Foundation of Church Re
The purpose of this organization
is two-fold: promotion of better
public understanding of the impor-
tance of church related colleges
and solicitation of corporations and
business firms for financial support
for the operating budgets of mem-
The proposed charter for the or
ganization sets Winston-Salem as
the site of the Foundation.
New officers will be elected at
the meeting Monday. Present
temporary officers are A. R. Kep-
pel of Catawba College, president
and Dr. Dale Gramley, secretary-
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Russell will
have open house Sunday night
Students, guests and faculty are
invited to attend from 7:45 to 9:00
Mr. Russell is the new chemistry
professor at Salem
The Russell’s home is at 708
Broad Street. To get there follow
Academy Street to Broad, turn
left on Broad. The house is near
the corner of Broad and West
Sunday night open house is spon
sored by the Order of the Scor
pion. The purpose is to help fresh
men, sophomores and faculty to
become better acquainted.
Those who wish to entertain the
college group may sign on the
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