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FOR THE USE OF
By W. F. RICHARDS,
HEAD MASTER OF THE NATIONAL SOCIETY'S CENTRAL SCHOOL,
AN attempt has been made in the following pages to explain shortly some of the most important points connected with the methods of teaching and organization in Elementary Schools. The numerous communications addressed to the writer, and to others connected with the National Society, are a sufficient proof that the want of such a book is much felt, and must serve as an excuse for the attempt.
It is necessary to observe that those teachers who have had the benefit of a systematic course of training, including regular attendance in a Model and a Practising School, can scarcely stand in need of the assistance which the following work is intended to afford, and which is designed principally for the use of those masters and mistresses whose opportunities of improvement have been scanty. It is however hoped that even to the best trained and most experienced teacher the hints here given may not be unacceptable, even if they only serve to remind him of points of practice which may have escaped his memory from want of immediate application.
With regard to the book itself the writer has to remark that the specimens given of notes of lessons are such as will be found available only for upper classes.
A greater variety, graduated for children of different ages and attainments, might easily have been given; but this would have interfered with the main object in view, viz., the production, in the most concise form possible, of a book embracing all those topics upon which information is likely to be required by the less experienced Teacher.
To meet the wishes of several Correspondents, the Examination Papers which were set at Christmas, 1855, to Queen's Scholars and to male and female candidates of the first year, have been inserted in the Appendix.