Warner, Mrs. Llewlyn parts 1/2 (tape #21 sides a/b)

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Tape stock length: 60 min
Running Time: 60 min


Mrs. Warner recounts the experiences of being a teacher at 18 in the first half of the 20th century, as well as talking about being a resident of Danbury for such a long time and what changes she saw during that time.
Label Contents: 11/03/1976



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Friel, Jack


Warner, Mrs. Lewlyn


Running Time: 60 min

Time Summary

0-10 Min: first teaching job in Wilton; recalls taking correspondence classes in order to get her teaching certificate from WCSU; began teaching when she was just 18
10-20 Min: discussion of the teacher supervisors and their functions; how she got from Bethel to WCSU every day; remembers that when she got shifted from a 5th grade position to a 6th grade position that she demanded more money to teach the higher grade; remarks that she has lost respect for teachers due to their current day ability to strike, feels that they are losing sight of why they became teachers and doing a disservice to the children;
20-30 Min: Old Main was simply referred to as the Teacher's College, as that one building was the entire campus; all of her children went to WCSU; personal banter;
30-40 Min: personal banter about Mr. Friel's family; the location of Danbury High School was not originally White Hall but rather Fairfield Hall;
40-50 Min: personal banter about Mr. Freil's completion of his master's degree; discussion of Mr. Higgins personality and his abilities as a professor at WCSU; recalls him setting up a program for which rural area schools could get a kit with basic chemistry supplies and experiments for the children to do; she did her student training at the Locust Avenue School; during student teaching period the students did not report to the Normal School, with the exception of getting books from the campus; recalls the various penmanship courses and the fact that by the end of it a teacher had exquisite hand-writing at the cost of individuality
50-60 Min: When she began teaching children were legally obligated to attend school until fourteen years old; discussion of the ethics of skipping children ahead and sectioning children off based on academic abilities; discussion of the philosophy of methods of teaching and the discipline of students; became a teacher because she liked to learn, and that was one of the few ways she could pursue a higher education; recalls the possibility of a single man that graduated from the normal school with her, but cannot recall the name; possible name was Ralph Castleton;



Friel, Jack -- interviewer. “Warner, Mrs. Llewlyn parts 1/2 (tape #21 sides a/b).” Jack Friel University History Collection, MS004. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 10 Dec. 2019.


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