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lessons. Augustine explained the another.” Here lies the root of principle in his treatise on catechizing: sympathy. The best teachers craft [We teachers] often feel it lessons that allow them to enjoy the very wearisome to go material vicariously through their over repeatedly matters which are students. If students do Does the medium allow thoroughly familiar, not embrace the lesson teachers and students and adapted (rather) to children. for themselves, their to read one another and If this is the case teachers miss out on then react? with us, then we should endeavor to the vicarious meet them with a enjoyment they seek. Good teachers brother’s, a father’s, and a mother’s love; and, if will keep at it, searching for ways to we are once united with make the lesson grip their students. them thus in heart, to us no less than to them will Thus they read their students these things seem new. constantly, alert to signs of the lesson For so great is the power of a sympathetic written upon them. This explains why disposition of good teachers place Augustine believed that mind, that, as they are affected while demands upon their effective education occurs we are speaking, students: because when teachers and students and we are affected while they teachers cannot “have their dwelling in one are learning, we read students who another.” have our dwelling in each other; and are inert, they thus, at one and the same induce students to digest, perform and time, they as it were in us speak what they hear, display what they are learning. Good and we in them learn teachers enjoy knowledge most when after a certain fashion they re-experience it through their what we teach. 4 Augustine believed that effective students’ discoveries. By means of a education occurs when teachers and student’s performance, a lesson students “have their dwelling in one becomes new in the eyes of even the Augustine, “On the Catechizing of the Uninstructed,” in St. Augustine: On the Holy Trinity, Doctrinal Treatises, Moral Treatises, trans. S. D. F. Salmond, vol. 3, The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1956), chap. 12. 4 4