Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Rebeecca is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Arrow Play To The Situation

    "Also, the contrast between Pinky and other children innocently playing to the situation of his father's death and war in general is an obscene contrast."

    What could "playing to the situation" mean here?

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,745
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    Isn't this very similar to the "playing to the environment" thread yesterday which went nowhere because it made no sense?

  3. #3
    Rebeecca is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    "Prospective teachers coming out of many teacher education programs are familiar with the range of assessments in students’ learning. The larger pragmatic — and moral — issue is: Even when they know what works well for student learning and assessment, what do they do in the face of the tremendous pressure to teach to the test?"

  4. #4
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,745
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebeecca View Post
    "Prospective teachers coming out of many teacher education programs are familiar with the range of assessments in students’ learning. The larger pragmatic — and moral — issue is: Even when they know what works well for student learning and assessment, what do they do in the face of the tremendous pressure to teach to the test?"
    I have no idea what this quote has to do with your original question and title (Play to the situation).

  5. #5
    Rebeecca is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    As a side question, what does "teach to the test" mean?
    Last edited by Rebeecca; 25-Sep-2011 at 22:23.

  6. #6
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    955
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebeecca View Post
    "Also, the contrast between Pinky and other children innocently playing to the situation of his father's death and war in general is an obscene contrast."

    What could "playing to the situation" mean here?
    It means that the children are playing innocently, while someone has just died and there is (a) war going on.

  7. #7
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,392
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    Teach the material that will be asked about on a standardized test instead of teaching in a way that allows a more open exploration of the topics.

    For example, if you know the standardized test might ask you the dates of battles in a war, you spend time teaching that, instead of more probing issues, like the underlying causes of a war.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  8. #8
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    955
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebeecca View Post
    "Prospective teachers coming out of many teacher education programs are familiar with the range of assessments in students’ learning. The larger pragmatic — and moral — issue is: Even when they know what works well for student learning and assessment, what do they do in the face of the tremendous pressure to teach to the test?"
    It means "to prepare (the) students for a test or an exam".

  9. #9
    Rebeecca is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    "We probably showed a lack of aggression when batting but in the game you end up playing to the situation."

    Could the explanation for "teach to the test" be applied to "play to the situation"?

  10. #10
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    10,027
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Play To The Situation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebeecca View Post
    "We probably showed a lack of aggression when batting but in the game you end up playing to the situation."

    Could the explanation for "teach to the test" be applied to "play to the situation"?
    No. In the context of sports, it means to adjust your strategy/behavior to the current situation in the game. For example, if you are losing a contest, you will take more chances to try to score (and exposing yourself to be scored upon) than you do if you have a comfortable lead and are just trying to run out the clock.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Apr-2009, 17:56
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2008, 17:35
  3. play loose with = play fast and loose with?
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-May-2008, 19:40
  4. How do we say in the situation?
    By Thompson-Tu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Aug-2006, 04:18
  5. 'play' or 'play on' the computer?
    By annliutaipei in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Oct-2004, 09:15

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •