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Give the pupils something to do or to think about at every step.
Questions should be made somewhat trying. Put the pupils on the defensive and make them responsible for every answer they give. Another abominable method is the leading question, one that sug gests the answer. It leaves just one easily guessed word to be sup plied by the pnpilf or a slight accent in the teacher's voice indicates the answer. The recitation should be begun at the pupil's point of view and gradually brought to the point desired. A slight pretense of ignor ance is often desirable. Children like to feel that they are actually telling something new. Do not hesitate to allow a little fun and merriment to creep into the recitation. A merry laugh will often rouse the children and create general good feeling. A humorous story can often be made the basis of a splendid lesson. All learning is not in text-books. Young pupils are not in school merely to recite text-book lessons. Character is being formed, that will give each individual a greater fullness of noble lift and a greater sense of inner power. So the wideawake teacher will make every import ant condition or event contribute to this higher aim. Much of the most valuable teaching comes about through in ference and suggestion. A well taught lesson often leaves good im pressions and silent judgments. In such instances the learner resolves within himself to make his own conduct conform in some particular way to a higher ideal. 6.