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Some Techniques and Principles Used in Selecting and Teaching a Unit of Work


by Tompsie Baxter — 1929

BY A UNIT of work we mean the various experiences and activities of a grade which center around some one interest. Several units of work may be in progress in a grade at the same time. For instance, in my own grade at present there are several units in progress—a unit in learning to play the psaltery and composing original tunes for the psaltery; another in learning to sing some songs which were suggested by the children; a third in finding the composition of certain dishes which are served in the lunch room and actually cooking these dishes (because some of us have been ordering poorly balanced lunches); a fourth, a unit in banking. Besides this, we are also doing some drill work in arithmetic which we found we needed, and we have work in the gymnasium every day, an assembly program once a week, and a creative work period once a week. However, I have found always that one particular unit occupies more of the time and the attention of both the teacher and the pupils than any other. The unit which is most important in my room at this time, "The History of Water Transportation," has occupied the major portion of our attention for the past two months, and held the same position for possibly six months in my grade last year. In describing this particular unit of study, I hope to show the importance of certain principles of technique which need to be considered when a teacher is using units of work rather than subjects of study.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 31 Number 2, 1929, p. 148-160
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 7004, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:48:31 AM

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