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January 28

Help me teach my undergraduate students postmodernism?

Please help me with texts, videos or visual guides to postmodernism - something my theatre students struggle to grasp every year. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick at 8:37 AM - 1 answers

January 27

How to make use of a professional organization?

I'm in grad school for a masters in counseling, and our teachers are telling us we need to join listservs and professional organizations, so we know what's happening in our field right now. My issue is this: I have limited time every day, and I'm ADHD. Given these factors, how involved should I get in professional organizations? Are they helpful? Or are they the yearbook committee of the post-graduate world? [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod at 8:23 PM - 4 answers

January 26

My professor made a typo on my last name in a recommendation letter

Hello everybody, I just received a great recommendation letter I asked from a former professor, however, he made a typo on my last name several times throughout the letter. Can you advise me a way to ask him to correct it without making him lose face and feel embarrassed? It's a quite delicate situation, thank you for any ideas!
posted by lite at 1:36 PM - 19 answers

January 24

What the heck do I do with my fine arts degree?

After a turbulent period in my life, I've realized that being a struggling artist is not the lifestyle for me. I've recently obtained my BFA in illustration and I'd appreciate any suggestions for career options. [more inside]
posted by AstralJelly at 4:36 PM - 13 answers

January 23

College Admissions 101

My oldest child is currently a sophomore in high school. She is an excellent student, getting very good grades, in advanced classes. She is doing a great job. I can see the college admissions process heading our way. Her high school's guidance department does have an info night, which we will attend. But what I am looking for is not info on specific schools, but resources on how to approach the whole college admissions/applications process in a thoughtful, sane way. Books, videos, interviews, websites, who is worth listing to, who/what is best avoided?
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM - 39 answers

Philosophy Self-Study Resources - Where can I find essay questions?

I have been reading a few primary texts in philosophy on my own. However, I find that its difficult to engage with a text merely by reading it. I'd like to find a bunch of questions or essay prompts for each book I read that I can then think over, write a page or so on, that help me to focus on the important points of a text in the history of philosophical thought. Google searches have not been very effective at finding questions. (I can sometimes find reading lists and syllabi which are useful but not quite what I want). [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 3:39 AM - 5 answers

January 22

Bilingual Japanese-English storybooks

We are an American-Japanese family living in the US. We have a 4 year old and a 1 year old who we would like to raise as bilingual as possible. We read both English storybooks and Japanese storybooks, but would love your recommendations for some books that have the story in both English and Japanese side-by-side. Would also be happy to hear about books readily available in both languages. Bonus points if you can vouch for the quality of the story and the translation. (Have you ever read "Goodnight Moon" in Japanese? It's not pretty.) [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 10:33 AM - 7 answers

January 21

Advice for starting a GSA

Are you or were you part of a GSA or other LGBTQ organization in school? I'm a teacher starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at my public high school with the support of the administration. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord at 11:37 AM - 9 answers

Degrees of Degrees...

I have an MLIS and work in a govt. library (US). Trying to decide if I should go back to school for either an MS in Knowledge Management or another Bachelor's in Computer Science (to add to my totally unrelated Bachelor of Fine Arts degree) to move forward in my career and contribute more to the 'back-end' of library systems and services. They would both take about the same amount of time to complete. Do you have thoughts about or experience similar to this? [more inside]
posted by PaulaSchultz at 9:52 AM - 5 answers

Completion rate for Financial Aid and changing schools

If your completion rate is below 67% for one school and this causes you to lose your financial aid, does this carry across to another school? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare at 9:45 AM - 2 answers

Adult Language Re-Learning

I'm interested in learning a language, or more accurately re-learning it. Or even more accurately learning it better than I did in the first place. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 8:20 AM - 9 answers

January 20

What is a good academic introduction to transgender theory?

I'm updating a graduate survey course in critical theory that cavasses all the main 'isms' and is quite high level. It includes readings and discussions on feminist and queer philosophies and literary theories but there is currently no section on transgender at all. I'd like to change this. What's the best academic introduction to transgender or transgender theory/politics, the position of transgender within queer theory that you've read? It needs to be scholarly but memoir or personal reflection or journalism could also be okay as further readings. Suitable for Masters students so it can be philosophical/dense/complex. Happy to hear of any ideas for readings that fall outside these requirements if you think I'm going about this the wrong way too. It would need to be a book chapter or journal article not a whole book. Thanks!
posted by JayAlfred at 10:21 PM - 10 answers

Thinking of leaving teaching, realistically what else could I do?

After 6 years of abuse from admin, parents and non-stop stress I'm tempted to leave my dream career of teaching, just unsure of what I can do now? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 1:46 PM - 18 answers

Two PhD programs, each alike in dignity (maybe).

I'm a candidate for 2 PhD programs at the same school. Help me brainstorm questions for interviews so we can all make a good decision. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 12:39 PM - 8 answers

Sesame Street has me flummoxed

Sesame Street, when naming parts of shapes, consistently talks about the number of sides and the number of angles. For example a hexagon has six sides and six angles. This makes me crazy. I thought the pointy parts were "corners" or something like that. Doesn't a shape have infinite angles? If any three points can form an angle? Does 180 degrees not count as an angle? Isn't corner a more precise word?
posted by Owowthathurts at 4:34 AM - 14 answers

January 19

What to do with my grad school notes and readings after grad school?

New grad student here, back from 10 years in the private sector to get my masters (and if I'm lucky, a doctorate) in counseling/psychology. My question in brief: Should I hold onto my class notes and readings? Did yours come in handy after you left yon ivory tower? [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod at 2:18 PM - 21 answers

January 18

How can I explain myself?

I have dropped off the planet for a few months and have not communicated with my professors at all. I don’t know what to say. What should I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 AM - 18 answers

Great Trivia Books for a Teenager

A young woman (14 years old) of my acquaintance absolutely loves those "fun fact of the day" trivia phone apps. Now I'm looking for some books I could recommend to her chock full of fun facts, and explanations of the background of those facts, that would be age- and knowledge-level-appropriate. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 7:17 AM - 18 answers

January 17

MA Programs in Humanistic Psychology abroad taught in English

Names of universities in Europe, Canada, or countries other than the USA offering MA Programs in Humanistic-oriented Psychology taught in English? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 2:35 PM - 1 answers

Where can I find an online Italian II class?

To graduate I need to take Intensive Italian II. I took Italian I a long time ago and have forgotten it all. My advisor has recommended I find an easy class at a community college or online. She will accept transferring credits in as long as the school is accredited. Can you recommend an accredited online class for Intensive Italian II?
posted by GhostChe at 7:59 AM - 1 answers

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