School: Taylor County Normal (Curriculum Definition - 1953)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

----Source: Taylor County Normal School Yearbook (Medford, WI) 1953/1954

• Art I & II
This course is intended to acquaint the student with fundamental principles of art and to give skill in simple techniques.

• Biology 2-A (Plant and Animal)
A general survey of the plant and animal kingdom.

• Biology 2-B (Science)
Study to include grade school science and the physical sciences.

• Conservation II (Natural Resources)
A study of the basic elements of conservation (soil, water, minerals, wildlife, scenic), the place and need of conservation in our present economy, and the teaching of conservation in the rural school.

• Co-operatives II
The history, principles, methods, and accomplishments of the co-operative movement are considered. Basic economic concepts are developed as a back-ground for understanding co-operation.

• Elementary Education I
In this course a study is made of the history, the aims, and the purposes of education. The development of a teaching philosophy and knowledge of current trends and teaching procedures are included.

• Elementary Education II (School Management)
School management and Administration included knowledge of the “extra-instructional” talks of the teacher, with special emphasis given to the physical aspects of the school and a working relationship with other teaching personnel and the public.

• English I-A (Language Arts)
A study of the objectives and organization of the Language Arts program - development of the basic skills of speech, effective listening, vocabulary growth, oral and written communication, creative expression, and correct usage.

• English I-B (American Literature)
A study of the development of American Literature from the Colonial days to the present. It includes the reading of representative selections of various types of literature for each period studied, together with a study of some of the outstanding living writers

• English II A
This course includes the techniques of language teaching in the primary, intermediate, and upper grades of the elementary school. Emphasis is placed upon composition and grammar.

• English II B (Children’s Literature)
This course deals with the history of the development of literature for children, the study of the various types of literature, authors and illustrations of children’s books, and children’s interests and tastes in reading.

• Geography I A (Physical Elements of)
A description and interpretation of earth relations, land forms, soils, drainage, weather, climate, oceanic phenomena, mineral resources, animal-vegetable life.

• Geography I B (Regional)
A study of the world cultural patterns, with emphasis upon political geography methodology, and resource materials. Opportunity is provided for the application of knowledge concerning the physical and human elements of geography.

• Health and Safety II
Basic scientific health and safety knowledge and its application to the total school program.

• History II A (American)
Chronological survey of American history in a world setting.

• History II B (Social Studies)
The teaching of the social studies in the elementary grades, and a study of American and world institutions.

• Library Science
This course deals primarily with care and management of a township school library, with selection and ordering of books, and simple library procedures necessary in a rural school library.

• Mathematics I A
The purpose is to present understanding and concepts relative to a meaningful approach to arithmetic teaching in the primary and intermediate grades.

• Mathematics I B
This course treats of professionalized subject matter in arithmetic for teachers. It is planned to give a working knowledge of elementary mathematics of such topics as are planned and included in the Wisconsin Curriculum bulletins for upper elementary grades.

• Music I A
Music orientation and appreciation.

• Music I B
Fundamentals of notion form and interpretation of music for the elementary school child. Singing, listening, and performing music of all kinds are included.

• Music II A
Practice in the direction of elementary school music is emphasized in this course. Laboratory school children serve as a means of giving actual practice in direction and interpretation of appropriate songs to be sung and appreciated.

• Practice Teaching
Four terms during the two-year period, 2 credits each. Includes quarter-day practice, plus various classed in the Demonstration room for approximately 4 weeks each. Several weeks of observation and practice in the rural schools.

• Physical Education I
Study and practice in elementary plays and games. Children’s rhythms, singing and folk games, relays, stunts, and posture education. Indoor and outdoor games also.

• Psychology 1 A (Child Growth and Development)
A study of recent developments in psychology as a basis for building the modern school. The approach is the whole child and his needs in modern life.

• Psychology I B (Psychology of Learning)
The nature and direction of leaning as it applies to all mankind.

• Reading Methods 1 A
The teaching of reading in the elementary grades, with emphasis on reading readiness, initial instruction in reading, reading objectives, kinds of reading, factors affecting learning, and methods of teaching.

• Rural Sociology II A
A study of the history, the economic elements, the social factors, and the political problems of life in rural America and their effects upon present-day rural institutions.

• Speech
General course in speech which helps develop courage, poise, resourcefulness, and self-mastery. It includes a study of elementary speech problems.



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