Christchurch Boys’ School log book.
Part of the Greenwich Local History Library collection.
In 1901, school teaching was a job which was often done in a very traditional
way. Some teaching still relied on copying, repeating, and learning by
heart. In this log book for 1901, Mr Watts reports that a school inspector
had advised teachers to spend less time making the pupils spell words
out loud, letter by letter. Instead, they should be allowed to write more.
Mr Watts notes that he himself uses both methods of teaching. New colleges
for training teachers had begun to develop new ways of teaching. Teachers
were encouraged to get children interested in what they were learning.
Then, as now, people argued about the best way to teach children in school.