His preparation must be going on in the world as well as in his study. He must watch the incidents of every day, and see what use he can make of them in his class. If he has an open eye and a loving heart, he will be able to learn a great deal by observation - the nature of childhood, its dangers, its wants, and the teaching that is best suited for it.
He will be constantly be watching incidents and events, and planning how to use these as part of his instruction in the classroom. Often, as teachers, we don't think of this. A teacher should keep his eye out for:
- Circumstances that happen to him
- Incidents in daily life
- Successes or failures
- Misfortunes or blessings
Adapted from "The Art of Teaching," by Joshua Fitch