Where Was It?
Students in the Classroom
- be productive
- be silent while they worked unless reciting lessons
- memorize a story or poem and recite it to the teacher
- work on their lessons and nothing else
- be respectful towards the teacher and other students
Expectations for Older Students
- bring in wood for the fire
- start the fire
- bring in water
- clean the floors
- clean the chalkboards and erasers
- ruler to the knuckles or wrists
- stand in the corner facing the wall
- hold a heavy book
- stand on one foot for as long as the teacher thought was necessary
There was anywhere between 6 to 40 or more students in each class ranging from first grade to eighth grade. The desks were smaller in the front and slowly got bigger towards the back of the room. The youngest students would sit in the smallest desks and the oldest would sit in the biggest desks in the back.
Teachers in the Classroom
- you will not marry during the term of your contract. You are not to keep company with men
- you must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless attending a school function
- you may not loiter downtown in any ice cream stores
- you may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have permission of the chairmen of the board
- you may not smoke cigarettes
- you may not under any circumstances dye your hair
- you may not dress in bright colors
- you may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he be your father or your brother
- you must wear at least two petticoats
- your dresses must not be any shorter than 2 inches above the ankles
If a teacher didn't follow these rules, they would be dismissed from their duty.
Teachers had to:
- teach the kids
- clean the school
- be the nurse
- be the counselor
- prepare for school events
Teachers had to live with a local family until he/she could afford to buy their own house or marry.
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Source #1: Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University. "One-room Schoolhouse." One-room Schoolhouse: General Information. Northern Illinois University, 2012. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. <http://www.cedu.niu.edu/blackwell/oneroom/generalInfo.shtml>.
Source #2: Pastor, Raymond S., Ph.D. "Rules for Teachers." Rules for Teachers. Bloomsburg University, n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2012. <http://teacherworld.com/potrules.html>.
Source #3: "One-Room Schoolhouse." One-Room Schoolhouse. America's Library, n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2012. <http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/ny/es_ny_school_1.html>.
Source #4: "Country School: One Room, One Nation" video