A Day in the Sixth Grade of the Training School

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A Day in the Sixth Grade of the Training School





Length: 03:27
Black & White, Silent

This short 16mm was shot sometime in 1933 and features very short segments showcasing aspects of the Training School administered by the Bridgewater State Teachers College. Segments include student teachers leading grade school students in Arithmetic, Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education lessons or activities. Grade school students are also seen in their reading groups and playing a popular board game of that time, “The Wide World: A Parker Game by Henrik Willem van Loon.” At the beginning of the film, Martha Burnell, principal of the Training School, appears (at 00:18) – she is the older woman on the right, wearing a dark hat. At the end of the film, the school’s faculty appears, walking out of the Training School building’s south entrance. The final shot is of the Massachusetts state flag.


Students enrolled in the Teachers College taught as student teachers in the Training School, which was attended by children from the town of Bridgewater from Kindergarten through Grade 6.

Martha Burnell, an 1894 graduate of the Bridgewater Normal School, became principal of the Training School in 1918 after Brenelle Hunt joined the teaching faculty of the Normal School. Burnell had begun teaching at the Training School in 1895.

The Training School building was constructed in 1926 and served as an elementary school until 1979. The building was renamed the Martha M. Burnell Campus School in 1955. The building is now known as Harrington Hall and houses the Bridgewater State University Ricciardi College of Business.

This film was transferred to a digital format in 2015.

A Day in the Sixth Grade of the Training School