You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

BY VALERIE STRAUSS
February 22 at 11:30 am
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You went to school so you think you know what teachers do, right? You are wrong. Here’s a piece explaining all of this from Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where this first appeared.

By Sarah Blaine

We all know what teachers do, right? After all, we were all students. Each one of us, each product of public education, we each sat through class after class for thirteen years. We encountered dozens of teachers. We had our kindergarten teachers and our first grade teachers and our fifth grade teachers and our gym teachers and our art teachers and our music teachers. We had our science teachers and our social studies teachers and our English teachers and our math teachers. If we were lucky, we might even have had our Latin teachers or our Spanish teachers or our physics teachers or our psychology teachers. Heck, I even had a seventh grade “Communications Skills” teacher. We had our guidance counselors and our principals and some of us had our special education teachers and our study hall monitors.
So we know teachers. We get teachers. We know what happens in classrooms, and we know what teachers do. We know which teachers are effective, we know which teachers left lasting impressions, we know which teachers changed our lives, and we know which teachers sucked.
We know. We know which teachers changed lives for the better. We know which teachers changed lives for the worse.
Teaching as a profession has no mystery. It has no mystique. It has no respect.
We were students, and therefore we know teachers. We denigrate teachers. We criticize teachers. We can do better than teachers. After all: We do. They teach. Baca lebih lanjut

Workshop Peningkatan Mutu Guru

Saya setuju jika upgrading guru harus juga berkelanjutan. Proses inilah yang akan terus mendorong guru berbenah dan update ketrampilan dan keilmuwannya. Kegiatan semacam inilah yang pada akhinrya memberi ruang yang sangat luas bagi guru untuk terus berkembang dan melaju dengan perubahan jaman. Dalam kegiatan workshop kali ini, kami membedah SKL dan membuat soal prediksi Ujian Nasional. Bagaimana product kegiatan tersebut, anda bisa mengecek hasilnya di link berikut:

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15 Most Useful Phrasal Verbs

15 Most Useful Phrasal Verbs
Posted on February 14, 2014
Another super infographic by Grammar.net showing what in their opinion are the 15 most useful phrasal verbs in English.

The English Language has many phrasal verbs that have different meanings depending on their context. Whilst they can cause a headache to language learners, they do give the language the richness and variety that makes the English Language so colourful.

Some of the phrasal verbs below have synonyms that I encourage all my clients to learn. For example, instead of using the phrasal verb “put off” I get them to try using ‘delay ‘or ‘postpone’. That way they expand their vocabulary enriching both their spoken and written language.

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1. “Call off” – to stop or cancel
a) ”call off the search”
b) “I called off today because I’m sick.”
c) “They called off the football match because of the weather forecast.

2. “Look up” – search for.
a) “I’ll go online and look up ‘phrasal verbs’.”
b)“Look me up the next time you’re in town.”

3. “Get away with”: escape blame/punishment.
a)“He sure got away with that”
b)“The crook got away with 50 dollars”.
c)”She is so spoilt. She gets away with murder” (used idiomatically)

4. “Pull through” – often used in discussing health
a)”The surgery was rough, but he pulled through”
b)“The victim of the dog attack pulled through with no lingering injuries”.

5. “Break up” – this usually refers to relationships but it can also refer to fights
a)”Fred and Matilda are going to break up”–but variations can be used to show an emotional state. “When Matilda dumped Fred, he was pretty broken up about it.”
b)”The police were called to break up the fight at the pub”.

6. “Blow out” – it means a tire flattens while driving, it can also mean a lopsided sports score or to indicate anger.
a) ”Mel had a blowout on the way to work”
b)“It was a blowout; the Packers beat the Bears 24 to 3.”
c)“Ed broke Bob’s window, and Bob had a complete blowout when he saw it”.

7. “Give in/give up” – relent or surrender.
a)“She didn’t want to go, but the kids pestered her until she gave in.”
b)“The robber gave up when the cops cornered him.”

8. “Put up with” -endure
a)“Tom put up with many jokes when he rode his ostrich to work”.
b) Sally had to put up with many months of unpaid work before she was finally given a permanent contract.

9. “Look down on” – a person who feels superior to others is said to “look down on” them.
a)“Dog owners sometimes look down on cat owners, which is silly, because cat owners sometimes look down on dog owners.”

10. “Turn into” – to become something else. It is also used in driving.
a) ”Caterpillars turn into butterflies”
b)“After you pass the park, turn into the school parking lot”.

11. “Carry on” – to continue. It can also be used when someone complains for a long time about something.
a)“After the incident, the workers carried on with their work.
b)”When he accidentally spilled red wine on her dress, she carried on about it for hours”.

12. “Look after” – attend to
a)”Babysitters look after children”
b) “Could you please look after my bags while I order at the bar?”

13. “Pass out” – faint
a) “During the Australian Open, many tennis players nearly passed out because of the extreme heat”.

14. “Put off” – postpone or delay. It is also used to describe an aversion to something.
a) “He put off painting and cut the grass first.”
b) “We’ve had to put off the trip to Japan.”
c)“When I was a child I was forced to eat tapioca that I am completely put off by the sight of it”.

15. “Look forward to” – anticipate.
a)“I look forward to meeting with you next week” ( verb +ing form)
b) “Kids always look forward to the holidays”.

Which of the phrasal verbs above do you find most useful? Do you know other phrasal verbs and their synonyms that you feel should be added to this list?

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Disebuah pagi, di sebuah kelas. Belajar bersama anak didik di kelas selalu mengasyikkan. Terlebih lagi jika kita benar-benar berhasil membelajarkan mereka. Sebagai pendidik, sebagian besar dari kita menyadari jika mengajar tidak selalu berarti belajar. Sering kali mengajar hanya menyebabkan anak berhenti belajar. Kita bahkan tidak menyadari kondisi dimana anak berhenti belajar saat kita belajarkan. Salah satu cara sederhana mengetahuinya adalah apakah anak benar-benar berusaha menyelesaikan suatu tugas atau hanya sekedar mencari jawaban dari teman sebangku atau lainnya?. Disamping itu, belajar anak juga bisa dilihat dari seberapa aktif dia terlibat dalam aktifitas pembelajaran.Karenanya pembelajaran yang kita kelola harus dipastikan mendorong anak untuk belajar pada saat yang bersamaan. Tulisan singkat ini juga ingin menggali pengalaman bapak ibu guru dalam membelajarkan anak di kelas. Mohon tips dan metode yang biasa digunakan dalam pembelajaran di kelas dan bisa di share di kolom komen ya?

Laporan Pengembangan Keprofesionalan Berkelanjutan (PK GURU)

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