In a world that often casts off the old for the more “new and relevant,” I was reminded how much I enjoy the wisdom and instruction of John Milton Gregory in his timeless text The Seven Laws of Teaching. First published in 1884, you will be reminded as you read of what authentic teaching is still all about. Below are a few of those reminders.
[Teaching] is painting in the mind of another the picture in one’s own mind.
Find the relation of the lesson to the lives of the learners. Its practical value lies in these relations.
The duty of the teacher is essentially not that of a driver or a taskmaster but rather that of a counselor and guide.
The notion that the mind is only a receptacle in which to stow other people’s ideas is entirely incorrect.
A truth is known by its resemblances, and can best be seen in the light of other truths. The pupil, instead of seeing a fact alone, should see it linked to the great body of truth, in all its fruitful relations.
Thanks for the reminders, Mr. Gregory. You still have timely words for us even today.