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Studies in Elementary School Practice: Examples of Teaching Units in the Speyer School


by Frederick G. Bonser & Amy Schussler 1911

Many factors have entered into the selection of the topics and subject matter of the typical school interests which are briefly described in the papers which follow. Perhaps the first consideration which arises when a choice of material is to be made is a survey of the actual environment in which the child exists. Pupils of Speyer School live in a congested section of a large city. This in itself determined the point of approach in most of the instances cited. The city child making a study of wheat and its significance to his life knows something about flour and cereals, as they appear in the grocery and at his home. He has some indefinite knowledge of wheat cultivation, and a vague notion of the function of the grain elevators which are much in evidence in one section of Manhattan. He sees with half awakened eyes the large milk-handling plants in his immediate neighborhood, but, as in the case of the grain elevators, school activities must supply the missing links which will help him to interpret the significance of these things in real life.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 12 Number 1, 1911, p. 23-25
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10094, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 1:57:52 AM

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