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June 23

Becoming a Drama Teacher

I am seeking advice and possible support on how to become a great teacher of drama, (for bi-lingual youngsters aged between 11 and 17.) I would appreciate book recommendations, internet forum recommendations, web sites, anything really that is sincere and aimed at excellence. [more inside]
posted by Atom Collection at 5:48 PM - 5 answers

June 20

How to extinguish an unwanted behavior?

My 5 year old has taken up a very annoying new behavior with movement and sounds and it's become a part of every hour every day. How do we even start to make it go away? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:29 AM - 17 answers

June 19

What did you need to hear at roughly 10 yrs old?

What would've helped you to hear an adult speaker talk about at your "graduation" before summer and moving on to middle school? What do I say "inspirationally" to our departing 5th graders at there goodbye celebration? [more inside]
posted by slothhog at 2:50 PM - 11 answers

Learning German for Philosophy? A Deutsch Bertrand Russell's History?

Betrand Russell's "A History of Western Philosophy" is not a great book, but it is a bit of a classic introduction to western philosophy for the English speaking student. Is there a German Language equivalent text? i.e. a particularly canonical history of philosophy in german that most students in Germany have read? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 6:55 AM - 7 answers

good resources for new MBA student

Hi Mefites, could you recommend any useful resources (websites, podcasts, books, organisations etc.) that you found useful on your MBA journey? [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster at 4:24 AM - 2 answers

June 15

Can a state/public college hire without an interview process?

I work at an entry-level position at a state-funded two-year college. I've noticed some odd hiring practices that are above my pay grade, and I don't know whom to ask about them. Our school will post a job vacancy notice, then pull it down 48 hours later. Without having interviewed anyone, we'll then announce the position has been filled by whomever the upper admins wanted to put there. The job notice was just for show. This seems shady at best. Any advice or insight?
posted by jackypaper at 7:56 AM - 17 answers

If the system can tell you your password, run away

What computer security topics do schools cover nowadays? [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 5:36 AM - 4 answers

June 14

Where to take undergrad prerequisites for PhD program?

I graduated from college over 10 years ago. Now I want to start a PhD, but I need to take two prerequisites I missed out on in undergrad. How do I go about this? Do I have to apply as an undergrad to take these two classes? I feel like this is something I should know as a college graduate, but I am clueless as to how to make this happen. I live in a large metro area with lots of colleges--how do I take classes at one of them?
posted by sunrisecoffee at 8:15 PM - 10 answers

June 13

Longform language learning?

Are there any language-learning apps that use a more traditional method of grammar-focused instruction? I like duolingo for the most part, but my brain tends to learn in a more structured manner rather than through absorption by repetition. I'm keen on a language app (or e-book) that teaches grammar, vocabulary, and includes long-form texts for reading if possible. I am learning French, using an Android device, and it doesn't have to be free.
posted by Think_Long at 10:58 AM - 1 answers

June 11

New multimodal text

Is there a better Inanimate Alice? Can you help us find one? [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 11:19 PM - 4 answers

Fun flow charts (or something similar) for kids?

As a kid in the '80s, I did these fun flow charts (?) that I think my 7-year-old son would really like. I can't find anything like them today. [more inside]
posted by trillian at 8:27 AM - 3 answers

I am on a quest to learn European Portuguese.

I am planning a trip with some friends to Portugal in November, and I've been designated as the 'learn Portuguese' member of the party. I'm using Memrise, which I really enjoy, but I think I need some additional materials to help me out. Easy books to read, activity books, or maybe podcasts in Portuguese? I'm not sure what would be best. [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 6:57 AM - 5 answers

June 10

In Search Of Funding For Zen Monastic Life?

Hello, I'm a 31 year old male from Colorado, and I've decided to undertake Zen Buddhist Monastic life, or the closest thing to this that I can find, for my future. I have found a couple of potential places to practice in the US, however they do charge you, at least for an initial period, until you are able to integrate fully. I have some money saved up for this, but I can only pay up to a point, so I'm wondering if anyone knows of any kind of Scholarship or Grant that I may be able to attain in order to have more funding for this kind of life. Thank you for reading, and for your time.
posted by hideous.rin at 4:31 PM - 12 answers

June 8

Database or book of post-nominal letters from certifications?

I recently completed a professional certification process and picked up some post-nominal letters without realizing that would be an outcome of the process. It was fun to learn more about the field and get such a visible result, and now that I have those letters after my name, I am starting to wonder what other letters are available for any of the different areas in which I work (completely separate / discrete businesses). Is there a database for this? A book? Books? The areas in question are web development & devops, full-stack webmastering, and...life coaching. I currently hold certifications & memberships in all these areas, but not letters so much. Thanks!
posted by circular at 12:50 PM - 1 answers

June 6

Is General Assembly's Digital Marketing course worth it?

I'm ready to make the switch out of publishing, and am looking into digital/content marketing as a potential new career. Should I take General Assembly's digital marketing course? Is there a better alternative? How does it look on a resume? Would love to hear from folks who have experience with this course or others like it. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 2:44 PM - 4 answers

GRE Math-Tastrophe with a fine dusting of snowflake

I have a significant, documented math learning disability. I took the GRE in 2010 after extensive study with a tutor and time and a half as well as full use of a calculator. The result: A perfect score on the verbal and writing. 5th percentile on quant. It was kind of devastating. For * reasons* it looks like I need to take the new GRE again in about two weeks. I will not have any accommodations available to me. It seems like the revisions to the test have made it much more difficult on the math side. I need help weighing my options...more below. More below... [more inside]
posted by jeszac at 7:51 AM - 10 answers

June 4

NYC area: volunteering by providing music lessons?

I'm not sure if this is even a thing, so I'm trying to find out if it is. I'm a huge believer in music education for schools, and have donated in the past to charities that provide schools with new instruments and other equipment. I'm also interested in volunteering my time - whether through a school or some other program - and wanted to know if there was a need or service where I could provide free guitar and/or drum lessons (either to individuals or groups). I live in the NYC area. Any suggestions?
posted by rastapasta at 3:49 PM - 4 answers

June 1

Good resources for improving more diverse recruitment in STEM?

I work in a university engineering department. Like all of our competitors we have a commitment to recruiting more diversely and particularly at trying to improve the number of women we recruit at UG level. We do better than average but I would like to think about how we aggressively move beyond this. I am looking for best practice on all elements of the recruitment process. What has succeeded at your university? Have you seen any solid material on this? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 7:26 AM - 11 answers

May 29

Kid-friendly historical fiction, American Revolutionary War-style?

My nine-year-old says: "Please ask Metafilter to find me more books like Johnny Tremain." Looking for YA historical fiction/graphic novels set at points between the Mayflower and the American Revolutionary War. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:54 PM - 37 answers

May 28

Most affordable way to finish undergraduate college degree? (Bachelor's)

My partner had to leave college many years ago before completing his undergraduate degree. He now works full-time and a few months ago, he was able to start taking classes again at a different, local university. However, he has massive student loans already and this program may double his debt. There must be more affordable ways to do this, right? We are willing to get creative! [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 6:54 AM - 32 answers

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