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December 10

Shit Grad Students Say

Can you think of any tropes that grad students (and tenured professors!) in the humanities like to use? For example, compound words like post-Xism, meta-Xism, ur-X, X-ification, X-ization; clichéd verbs like "let me problematize/queer/deconstruct X"; theoretical clichés like the Panopticon, performativity, the rhizome; hackneyed phrases like "the neoliberal era" or "under late capitalism"; etc.
posted by dontjumplarry at 6:00 AM - 21 answers

December 8

Personal Statement Writer's Block

I've been trying to write my statement of purpose in order to apply for my MLIS for the past few months and I am getting nowhere and the application deadline is lingering closer and closer. How can I get past this writer's block and finish this thing in the next little while? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 9:13 PM - 7 answers

December 6

Where? Data to help calculate total food and water consumed in lifetime

My birthday is on it's way. I'd like to calculate the general amount of food I've consumed in weight and the amount of water I've drunk in gallons within my current lifespan
posted by goalyeehah at 11:00 AM - 5 answers

Tips for neatening, formatting, and organizing self-study math homework?

Please give me your tips on making handwritten math homework more attractive and useful, so I can enjoy reviewing my self-study math notebook. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:39 AM - 14 answers

December 4

Training for science teacher to become a *computer* science teacher?

I currently am a high school science teacher working in Chicago. I love my job, but I am frustrated with the complete lack of computer science education at my school and through our entire school district. I know that this is largely due to a lack of qualified professionals who can teach the content. Is there anything like Dev Bootcamp for people who want to teach the material? [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear at 5:10 PM - 7 answers

December 3

Art History starter pack

A friend and I want to get a good introduction to art history. I'm seeking recommendations for the best resources to do this, be they entertaining, authoritative books, lecture series videos, local resources (we live in San Francisco), or something else entirely! [more inside]
posted by estlin at 8:18 PM - 14 answers

December 2

People of the First Light

Please suggest brief age-appropriate resources that I can share with my ten year old (5th grade) son to educate him about the diverse experience of First Nations peoples in North America. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:53 AM - 13 answers

Children's books with realistic/ambiguous plots

Most American children's books seem to have a predicatable plot with challenges that are eventually overcome with (nearly) complete success. Sometimes it takes three tries, and sometimes there's a twist, but everyone goes home mostly happy. I am looking for kid's books with more realistic depictions of the process of failure and the ambiguity of human experience. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis at 7:39 AM - 34 answers

December 1

Can you recommend a piano teacher in Toronto?

I am looking for a piano teacher who works with adults that have no previous experience. Said teacher should be located in the Toronto area and able to work with someone who is employed full-time. Personal anecdotes appreciated.
posted by Gin and Comics at 3:10 PM - 3 answers

Electronics kit for a ~10 year old child?

My youngest has requested an electronics kit for Christmas. I’m struggling to find anything on Amazon in the UK that doesn’t look suspiciously like it’s been thrown together from a bucket list of parts in Shenzhen and shipped out in a box. [more inside]
posted by pharm at 9:18 AM - 23 answers

November 30

French Language BD's for non-french speaker.

When my kid was learning to read English, I picked up a copy of Hilda and The Bird Parade to read along with. The language is clear, concise and works really well with the pictures. (And is a great story.) So, I'm looking for a similar BD (bande dessinee) with French that is as clear and spare. Because of this, (very basic language required) Asterix and Lucky Luke haven't been cutting it. Hopefully at some point they will (because Goscinny is a hilarious, soul enriching writer) but I need bridge texts until then. Child is 13 and open minded.
posted by From Bklyn at 9:42 AM - 10 answers

November 28

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, It's ASD Time In the City

Please cram my skull full of your experiences, info, and/or guidance about relocating from the suburbs to Philadelphia proper with my ASD/gifted/special-snowflake child. More inside. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 12:46 PM - 5 answers

uhhhhh grad school application: how do I do this when i feel bad

I'm applying to grad programs in the humanities and I'm working on my writing sample and it's bad. I feel like a failure, and it's impeding my ability to get this shit done in time for December 8, my first deadline. How do I get over it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 AM - 16 answers

November 27

Getting educated

Please help me approach going back to school. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing at 9:14 AM - 7 answers

November 25

Can iPads be used to grade assignments submitted via Blackboard?

Is it possible to use iPads for grading? We want our TAs to download the assignments from Blackboard, mark them up using a pdf annotation app and a stylus, and then upload the corrected assignments back to BB. (I think the main issue is getting the assignment files into the iPads where they can be accessed by an annotation app.) [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 3:55 AM - 6 answers

November 22

Parlez Vous Netflix

I am looking for recommendations of programs/movies available on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.S. that are in French with English subtitles. It can be for any age audience. Thanks!
posted by LilithSilver at 4:59 PM - 17 answers

November 21

Help me turn my daughter into a deviant

My, very non-deviant daughter is in a high school sociology class. The teacher has assigned the class to engage in some sort of deviant (but expressly not illegal!) behavior, then write about the experience and reaction. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 3:41 PM - 54 answers

Information about "mastery-based" courses in mathematics?

My department is interested in transitioning to a "mastery-based" precalculus class at the college level. The basic idea is that students would be allowed (somehow) to work at their own pace, and success in the class would be by demonstrating mastery of most of the material (80%?). Somehow. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of teaching, in any discipline? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 11:55 AM - 8 answers

November 18

Can you recommend your favorite resources for learning Spanish?

I'm a complete beginner and will not be able to take in-person classes. Your favorite books, web resources, tips and tricks would be most helpful!
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 8:48 AM - 17 answers

Resources for Arabic speaker (ESL) learning lab maths?

An Arabic-speaking student with weak English needs a crash course or quick reference for the basic maths required to do postgraduate biology bench research. Any suggestions for resources I can point them to? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 5:39 AM - 2 answers

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