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The Biggest Thing in Teaching


by Frank M. McMurry - 1926

HOW would I plan, if I could live my life over again, guided by my present knowledge?1 I would go into teaching, of course; but I would make far more directly for the biggest thing in Teaching than I ever have in the past. What is that? Let us see. The biggest lack among students is not ability but fire. It is a lack of flaming purposes. Accordingly, the leading test of my instruction that I have applied for many years has been the extent to which I could get my students excited over educational ideas. If after a class period was over, they lingered in the halls in discussion and carried the discussion over into the lunch period, I felt encouraged and if, now and then, in their excitement they showed a fighting spirit in consequence of the convictions they had reached, I felt that my instruction was attaining a reasonable degree of success.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 28 Number 3, 1926, p. 215-219
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5847, Date Accessed: 10/21/2019 4:40:10 AM

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