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Training School 1896-1968
A classroom environment was created for student teachers to learn various teaching techniques. Each trainee taught practice school under observation for forty minutes a day during the first semester. Juniors were expected to spend at least an hour a day observing the other student teachers. By 1902, seniors were required to teach one hour a day for thirty-six weeks. Tempe Normal school set high standards and expected the school to be a model of excellence.

Training school classroom, 1890s
Students and student teachers in the training school classroom,
Only known interior photograph of the Normal/Original building
1890s
UP UPC ASUB T72 1890s #4

In 1906, the Training School expanded to the eighth grades and the R.H.H. Blome Training School opened to accommodate increased enrollment. The program expanded rapidly under Ira D. Payne, who became director of the education department in 1911. A new training school was built in 1928 and named for Payne to honor his contributions and service. Due to an unfortunate fire in 1956, the Training Program was forced to leave its home in the Payne School and to relocate its 260 elementary school students to makeshift quarters. After many successful years, the program was discontinued at the completion of the 1968 spring term.

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