Spelling in the Elementary School: An Experimental and Statistical Investigation

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Ginn, 1902 - English language - 98 pages
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Page 39 - I won't count this time!" Well! he may not count it, and a kind Heaven may not count it; but it is being counted none the less. Down among his nerve cells and fibers the molecules are counting it, registering and storing it up to be used against him when the next temptation comes.
Page 39 - Let no youth have any anxiety about the upshot of his education, whatever the line of it may be. If he keep faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he may safely leave the final result to itself. He can with perfect certainty count on waking up some fine morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation, in whatever pursuit he may have singled out.
Page 41 - This position itself soon became not only suggestive to the child of sleep, but sometimes necessary to sleep, even when she was laid across the nurse's lap in what seemed to be an uncomfortable position.
Page 90 - Do not deceive me. I am driving a new horse. *Is the surface of your desk rough or smooth? The children were hopping. This is certainly true. I was very grateful for my elegant present. If we have patience we will succeed. He met with a severe accident. Sometimes children are not sensible. You had no business to answer him. You are not sweeping properly. Your reading shows improvement. The ride was very fatiguing. I am very anxious to hear the news. I appreciate your kindness, I assure you. I cannot...
Page 39 - Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out. Of course, this has its good side as well as its bad one. As we become permanent drunkards by so many separate drinks, so we become saints in the moral, and authorities and experts in the practical and scientific spheres, by so many separate acts and hours of work.
Page 90 - It is my purpose to learn. Did you lose your almanac? I gave it to my neighbor. *I was writing in my language book. Some children are not careful enough. Was it necessary to keep me waiting so long? Do not disappoint me so often. I have covered the mixture. He is getting better. *A feather is light. Do not deceive me. I am driving a new horse. *Is the surface of your desk rough or smooth? The children were hopping. This is certainly true. I was very grateful for my elegant present. If we have patience...
Page 90 - My first test consisted of the following fifty words : furniture, chandelier, curtain, bureau, bedstead, ceiling, cellar, entrance, building, tailor, doctor, physician, musician, beggar, plumber, superintendent, engine, conductor, brakeman, baggage, machinery, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, February, autumn, breakfast, chocolate, cabbage, dough, biscuit, celery, vegetable, scholar, geography, strait, Chicago, Mississippi, Missouri, Alleghanies, independent, confectionery, different, addition, division,...
Page 41 - ... another lashes his hind quarters, and the conductor rings the bell, and the dismounted passengers shove the car, all at the same moment, his obstinacy generally yields, and he goes on his way rejoicing. If we are striving to remember a lost name or fact, we think of as many 'cues' as possible, so that by their joint action they may recall what no one of them can recall alone.
Page 46 - It was decided to abandon the use of the spelling book and home lessons in the subject, to omit also the period from the school program...
Page 68 - The amount of time devoted to the specific spelling drill bears no discoverable relation to the result, the latter remaining practically constant after the elimination of the spelling drill from the school programme. (9) It is therefore advisable, in view of the economy of time, to rely upon the incidental teaching of spelling to produce a sufficiently high average result. (10) This average result is what can be and is attained, as shown by statistical evidence, by average pupils under teachers of...

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