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February 27

virtue / vice of kindle for 8 year old

I am considering buying my bookworm 7 year old girl a kindle for her 8th birthday. If any other mefites have done this or considered it I'd like to hear your opinions on it. [more inside]
posted by grubby at 11:35 AM - 26 answers

February 26

Destination Imagination: Worth the Effort?

Does DI have any proven benefit? I can't find anything on it except its own materials and parents/schools talking about how their kids did in it. I'm skeptical, I guess, that these sort of open-ended "creativity challenges" actually accomplish anything. I am still struggling to answer "what is the point of this?" [more inside]
posted by emjaybee at 8:53 PM - 8 answers

February 25

Help me devise an efficient workflow for online study

Please give me your tips for completing online study, particularly how you keep track of all the readings you did working from PDFs, highlighting / note-taking strategies, and any tools that helped you. [more inside]
posted by man down under at 4:15 PM - 8 answers

Intuitive odds

What are some examples that can help confused beginner-level students better understand what odds are and what they can tell us? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 10:28 AM - 12 answers

RFPs & E-rate funding for schools & libraries

I'm trying to find out if requiring an RFP for proposed e-rate projects increases the chances of a successful application. [more inside]
posted by woodman at 9:34 AM - 2 answers

February 24

Guiding Art Development for the Preschooler

How much and what sort of guidance should I provide for the art skills of a precocious preschooler? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 1:18 PM - 15 answers

February 23

GMAT second thoughts - should I bail?

I'm registered to take the GMAT in less than a week. I've been reviewing for a couple of months now and my practice scores aren't that great, definitely sub-600. I'm developing a sense of dread about this whole thing. Should I chalk it up to impulsiveness and bail, or forge ahead? [more inside]
posted by Otter_Handler at 4:43 PM - 7 answers

Student loans for summer session

I'm currently a full-time graduate student in NYC, and I'm wondering what my financial options are for the summer session. I plan to take only one three-hour course this summer, and concentrate on my internship, which means I won't be working otherwise. Is a private student loan my only option for covering my expenses? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 11:02 AM - 8 answers

February 22

Help for my struggling high schooler

How have you helped your high schoolers through the tough times? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 8:59 PM - 21 answers

Math problem: how many objects will fit into this glass jar

I am trying to work how many 5 gram objects can fit into a 3 litre jar. I struggle with conversions of grams to litres and finding the number of objects. Can someone show me how to mathematically work it out. My mind is blank. Thanks in advance :)
posted by nassep at 7:36 PM - 12 answers

Concise Companion Reader to Plato's Dialogues?

I'm currently doing and MA on Modern Philosophy but feel I need to address a gap in my knowledge of ancient greek philosophy. So I was looking for a good companion to guide me through reading, potentially all of, Plato's dialogues. Basically a book with a chapter on each dialogue discussing key points and insights of the dialogue, controversies and relating it to modern issues. Does such a book exist? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:41 AM - 9 answers

February 21

Recommendation to prepare the paper-based TOEFL

Hello, I'll pass the paper-based TOEFL in a few months and I'm almost fluent in English so my main objective is to get a perfect or near-perfect score. I have learned English through immersion so I think that my main weakness is grammar mistake identification. Can you recommend me a book or some other resource to help me prepare for the test? Would the books aiming at preparing the internet-based be appropriate for the paper-based test? Thank you!
posted by lite at 1:48 PM - 1 answers

Critical Thinking

Does anyone know of some really good books on critical thinking? I have read some different books on the topic over the years but I find myself to be lacking in this area still. Are there excellent ones out there that anyone would care to recommend? Thank you in advance for your recommendations.
posted by nidora at 10:59 AM - 13 answers

February 20

Books or other media about feminism specifically for boys

My 15-year-old nephew has become interested in social movements, and as teenagers do, he's positioned himself against a few. I want him to have some facts that he can understand. Is there a book about feminism written specifically for boys? One that includes history plus arguments, both pro and con?
posted by goofyfoot at 9:19 PM - 17 answers

Professors: tips on working 9 hours a day, 7 days a week?

I'm an overworked tenure-track university professor at a research university. Halp! [more inside]
posted by Milau at 8:06 PM - 14 answers

What are your best GO TO resources as a gifted teacher?

I'm blessed to teach the GTD program in a well-resourced and supportive district. I have some budget funds left over for the year, and I'm really at a loss for how to spend it. I have the general materials I need to get through the year and into next year, so I'm looking for great resources, particularly ones based in project-based learning and/or common core instruction. I love teachers pay teachers as both a contributor but mostly a shopper. If it helps, I provide direct pull-out instruction to 3-5 graders in LA and math as well as more informal push-in instruction to K-2 classes, where I like to focus on critical thinking skills rather than a set content area.
posted by shrimpsmalls at 3:11 PM - 7 answers

February 19

Probability distributions and their practical applications

I am looking for a resource that lists probability distributions and their common real-world applications. For example, I'd expect to see: Lognormal - daily returns in the stock market. Poisson - failure rates for mechanical equipment, ... [more inside]
posted by wivy at 1:19 PM - 6 answers

FAFSA--Do I report loan assistance

Parents helped pay off a student loan this past year. Does this need to be reported on a student's FAFSA? [more inside]
posted by soundproof at 11:39 AM - 4 answers

Academic paper: Ethics of reviewer requesting added references

I would welcome some opinions on the ethics of a reviewer for an academic paper and potential ways to address a problem with a request to add inappropriate references. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 9:38 AM - 11 answers

February 18

What app will help me learn rudimentary Japanese?

I am planning to take a trip to Japan sometime this summer and I'd like to brush up on my very rudimentary Japanese before going. Is there a good app I can use? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes at 10:26 AM - 10 answers

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