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Sucking Eggs: What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You about Diet, Thrift and Going Green

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b) They are presented or perceived as a complete description of teaching… when, in reality, we know there are other things to think about too. A Reproof to those, who think they have more Knowledge than the whole World, and will be ever and anon teaching those who have had more Experience than themselves. In 1707, Francisco de Quevedo coined the expression “Teaching your grandmother how to suck eggs”—a colourful reference to the fact that Spanish grannies who’d lost their teeth were adept at sucking eggy goodness through a pinhole in raw eggs.

And speaking of concrete, there are some superb examples of cutting straight to the point—in the construction industry. If teachers are skeptical or cynical about being presented with ideas in CPD, it might well be because they’ve been burned too many times with egg-sucking presentations.

Rosenshine’s principles are, for some teachers, especially in terms of reminding us all about clear communication of new knowledge and strategies. And if it qualified as a proverb in 1692, it had evidently been in English folk use appreciably longer than that. I think it is incorrect to try to assign a literal meaning to the "suck eggs" part, like that thread on Wordwizard tries to do.

I remember my old schoolmaster, who was a prodigious great scholar, used often to say, Polly matete cry town is my daskalon. At some point, however, the logical metaphor lost favor, and the phrase mutated: instead of teaching your grandma something she knows better than you because she's been doing it since she was three years old, the phrase became about things that anyone with a modicum of intelligence can figure out how to do, if only they could come up with a reason to do them in the first place.I can sort of picture the conversation: "Granny, don't forget you need to poke a hole at both ends of the egg.

I guess my point is that – agreeing again with you, Tom, Rosenshine is making suggestions based on observations of effective teachers and teaching practices.We need to have something new and valuable to tell our audience about how to compete in their market. Teaching grandmother to suck eggs is an English language saying that refers to a person giving advice to another person in a subject with which the other person is already familiar.

This dictionary also mentions the Latin phrase sus Minervam (docet), which means a sow, or a swine, teaches Minerva (Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom). Stevens, of Francisco de Quevedo (Spanish author): "You would have me teach my Grandame to suck Eggs". the skill was to make a hole in either end of the egg, insert a needle to whip around and break the yolk, at which point it could be sucked (or blown) to enjoy, or just to empty it. The phrase to teach one’s grandmother to suck eggs means to presume to advise a more experienced person.A person who followed Wikipedia's method and poked a single pinhole into an egg would probably find the subsequent sucking operation far less satisfactory than anticipated. Products shown, tagged or featured on YouTube by creators are sold by merchants and are subject to merchant's terms and conditions. I have a friend who does a lot of spinning, but it's almost all wool, and she doesn't so much as own a distaff.

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