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MANUAL OF METHOD
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING AND SCHOOL-KEEPING.
WITH ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES.
CURATE OF ALDERNEY, AND
FORMERLY INSPECTOR OF CHURCH SCHOOLS IN MANCHESTER.
There is nothing more beautiful in the whole world than a Teacher who
THOROUGHLY REVISED AND IMPROVED.
This little work, in its treatment of the subjects contained in it, is intended to be suggestive and not exhaustive. This fact will account for the perhaps novel form in which the subjects have been presented. Several of the sub-divisions might have been avoided, and yet the same facts - introduced ; but the object aimed at would not in that case, it is believed, have been so well accomplished. It would also have been an easy task to have swelled the size of the volume indefinitely, by illustrating more amply the subjects treated 'of. The temptation to do so has, however, been studiously resisted. Whatever interest such illustrations may have for the general reader, they can be but of comparatively little value to the Teacher. Experience, it is true, is multiform ; but to the Teacher it is that experience only that is chiefly valuable which he has in some way or other personally acquired. A teacher cannot be formed by the mere perusal of the writings of others, however full or however admirable these writings may be in themselves. Yet hints may be given, and suggestions thrown out, that will be of essential service to the Teacher in various ways, but especially in awakening and fostering in him a spirit of self-watchfulness, of selfobservation, and self-correction; and, apart from actual attainments and peculiarities of natural talent, it is upon these habits of mind, more than upon anything else, that his ultimate efficiency will depend.
To afford such assistance in matters of method, &c., is the sole object of this little work, which the Author ventures to hope may be found of service to Pupil Teachers, Apprentices, and Students in Diocesan Schools and Training Colleges. The way in which he begs to suggest it may be used, is to have it