I recently started reading, John Milton Gregory’s classic work, “The Seven Laws of Teaching” and I came across a section that I had to share with you.
As a preacher of the gospel, I have the responsibility of communicating the greatest message (The Gospel) to people every week. Because of my calling as a communicator, I need to be able to do that as best, I can and strive to constantly grow in this area.
This is why I have enjoyed John Milton Gerogory’s work so far. Thus far, Gerogory’s work is challenging me to become a better thinker and communicator, which I desperately, given my inadequate public school education.
If you desire to shapen your teaching skills I am convinced you will find this list and this book helpful for your learning journey.
Below is a list of seven principles for the teacher to keep in mind if he or she is to become a better teacher.
I hope you find this list just as helpful as I have. If you would like to purchase this book you can do so here: “The Seven Laws of Teaching”
“These definitions and statements are so simple and obvious as to need no argument or proof; but their force as fundamental laws may be more clearly seen if stated as rules for teaching.
Addressed to the teacher, they may read as follows:
I. Know thoroughly and familiarly the lesson you wish to teach; or, in other words, teach from a full mind and a clear understanding.
II. Gain and keep the attention and interest of the pupils upon the lesson. Refuse to teach without attention.
III. Use words understood by both teacher and pupil in the same sense-language clear and vivid alike to both.
IV. Begin with what is already well known to the pupil in the lesson or upon the subject, and proceed to the unknown by single, easy, and natural steps, letting the known explain the unknown.
V. Use the pupil’s own mind, exciting his self-activities. Keep his thoughts as much as possible ahead of your expression, making him a discoverer of truth.
VI. Require the pupil to reproduce in thought the lesson he is learning-thinking it out in its parts, proofs, connections, and applications till he can express it in his own language.
VII. Review, review, review, reproducing correctly the old, deepening its impression with new thought, correcting false views, and completing the true.”
This section in Milton’s book can be found on Page 17 of The Seven Laws of Teaching