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Workshop on Blog-The Second Edition

A crowd of eager lecturers attended the second edition of workshop on blog. One senior lecturer told me the other day that he would surely attend the workshop and said he would: ‘Kebo nyusu gudhel” a Javanese proverb that means senior learns from junior. This is a message for me that I should be able to learn from anyone, regardless of age. I notice that not everyone could do so. There are some causes for such a reality: inborn superior feeling, upbringing, immaturity, bad time management, etc. Another thing that I learn from this workshop is the facilitator: Drs. Hartoyo, Ph.D. He remains humble and patients dealing with participants with various characters, not to mention his communication skills. Long live English Department of Unnes!

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Taking into account human nature in teaching

Good practice also suggests that a lesson structure should reflect our human weaknesses where concentration is concerned—a twenty-minute
period of intense writing followed by a meaningful feedback session and an activity which requires movement around the room are more likely to combine well and sustain effective learning for longer.

Teaching English—Andrew Goodwyn and Jane Branson

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Development, Changes, and Reflection

An expert of EFL teacher education says: development implies changes, and changes require reflection. Do I have time to reflect on my professional actions? Should there be a certain time and space to do so? Or, one should develop an ability to do it anytime, anywhere, in any condition? I request a cubicle.

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Song to Ponder

My Reflection
Christina Aguilera

Look at me
You may think you see
Who I really am
But you’ll never know me
Every day, is as if I play apart
Now I see
If I wear a mask
I can fool the world
But I can not fool
My heart
Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
I am now
In a world where I have to
Hide my heart
And what I believe in
But somehow
I will show the world
What’s inside my heart
And be loved for who I am
Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection
Someone I don’t know?
Must I pretend that i’m
Someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
There’s a heart that must
Be free to fly
That burns with a need
To know the reason why
Why must we all conceal
What we think
How we feel
Must there be a secret me
I’m forced to hide?
I won’t pretend that i’m
Someone else
For all time
When will my reflections show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflections show
Who I am inside?

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National Training on the Development of KKG (Teachers’ Work Group) and MGMP (Suject Teacher Discussion)

It’s held in Batam, aiming at preparing trainers of KKG and MGMP.  The biggest agenda is to conduct teachers’ professional development (BERMUTU: A Better Education through Reformed Management and Universal Teacher Upgrading Project). It needs commitment from all parties involved in the project!

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REFLECTIVE TEACHERS

A book about Reflective Teaching suggests teachers to reflect on their teaching and to continuously learn. How about teachers in Indonesia? Do they have time to do so? IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY DON’T. I was a bit shocked when reading news from a friend form Dikti milis, more than one thousand teachers in Riau, Sumatera, had to turun pangkat from IVa to IVb because they didn’t write their own paper for the promotion. Instead, they used a service from an agent. See, they do not have time to put aside some time in their daily life to sit down, reflect, and write something about their teaching. What to be done about that?

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