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This was not written by me, but i thought  I would share with others.   "You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. • BY VALERIE STRAUSS • • February 22 at 11:30 am ( 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 herparentingthecore 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... read more

The other day I received an e-mail from my cousin in Salvador, Brazil. She asked me to give her a few pointers about teaching Portuguese as a Second Language for Turkish speakers. I told her to start with a basic sentence, then go on from there, modifying the sentence ever so slightly, but effectively, so that the student could begin grasping the structure of the Portuguese grammar without really realizing that he was also learning the grammar, while already speaking the language. I also told her about the importance of reading, writing and speaking - all three activities done simultaneously. And the need of taking that first step! I teach the languages I learned and studied that way. In my classes we interact with one another, talk to one another in whatever way - we communicate well or not that well. It really does not matter if it is not perfect. And that is the first step - communicate! The second step will follow naturally, as the initial barrier of being afraid... read more

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