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Washtenaw Teachers' Association

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Last Saturday occurred the meeting of the county teachers' association in room 50 of the Normal School, Ypsilanti. The attendance was large, and much of the spirit of the teacher was manifested. The first number on the programme was a talk by Miss Harriet Marsh, of the Hancock School, Detroit, on The Improvement of the Teacher. It contained some excellent advice whereby teachers may secure selfculture and improvement. By in teresting themselves along lines o self-improvement, much of the en thusiasm which must result from the consciousness of advancement wil be carried into the school room, anc the school work thereby improved and the school be made easier to manage. The next was a paper on Geography, by Prof. C. T. McFar lane, of the Normal School. This was a valuable paper, and if a copy of it could be in the hands of even teacher in the county, it would aic materially in securing better teach ing of the subject in all of the schools. All of Prof. McEarlane's ideas and methods as to the teaching of geography, are the latest, and such as are approved by the best thinkers on the subject. Dr. Boone, principal of the Normal School, added some valuable hints in his discussion of the paper. Mr. Sharteau, of the Dexter schools, also took part in the discussion. The class exercise by pupils of the training school was a model and of much interest. The afternoon session was opened with a paper on 'Libraries for Rural Schools," by Miss Genevive M. Walter, librarían of the Normal. It was a good pa)er, and contained many valuable and practical hints for district teachers. The talk on "Art Atmosphere in he School Room," by Miss Florence March, was very good. It was a chalk talk as well, and illustrated what tnay be done by the live teacher in the way of making words clear and full of meaning by means of crayon illustrations on the black)oard. E very teacher of young children should be able to draw. Miss Harriet March followed with a ontinuation of her morning talk on he improvement of the teacher, after which there was a general discussion. The music was furnished by members of the Normal conservaory, and was all that could be deired. It was a very sucsessful meeting, nd Commissioner Cavanaugh and 'rincipal Boone, as members of the xecutive committee, are to be redited with the same.


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