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May 5

Should I go back to school?

My job hunt has proved to be totally fruitless and I find my lack of success concerning. I have a career path picked out and think going back to school could help, but given that it's nothing that's currently trendy, am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo at 3:27 PM - 7 answers

Should I apply for this part time course in web development?

It costs $2,495 for two nights a week for 10 weeks. [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 7:57 AM - 10 answers

May 3

Advice on a new blog I want to construct

I have run an ad-free blog for over 12 years. My site gets good traffic, is free, and I have enjoyed putting it together each day. Since I am retired and have lots of time available I thought of initiating another blog that would aim at boomers, those feeling the need to think of the future, retirement, health, and yes, even death and the inevitable pains of aging. What topics, issues, areas should I consider, and would you, as a reader of my question here, think such a free site might be of interest? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 4:00 PM - 13 answers

Moving to Ann Arbor, need help finding a school and summer child care!

What are good summer and fall school/child care options for a kindergarten-bound child in Ann Arbor, MI? [more inside]
posted by msladygrey at 10:35 AM - 4 answers

May 2

What made your teaching demonstration successful?

What can I do in 30 minutes to demonstrate my teaching skills in an unfamiliar context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:39 AM - 6 answers

How do I do this next bit? Moving on to a PhD.

I'm near the end of my Master's degree. I have one semester left which will be a research project with a 10k-word paper at the end. I know I want to go on to a PhD next but I dont know how this stuff works. [more inside]
posted by stellathon at 1:10 AM - 8 answers

April 30

Books to get students excited about college?

Over the summer, I meet with students who are about to start college. This year, I would like to email them a list of novels about college that they can read while they're waiting to start. I'm looking for fun books, not study guides or non-fiction tomes about the perils of binge-drinking. Ideally, I would like books that give them some sense of what college in the US is like, but in a format that won't feel like homework. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 10:06 AM - 12 answers

Remedial Maths for Grownups

What are good (and preferably free) resources for self-teaching high school level mathematics? Snowflakes etc. below the fold. [more inside]
posted by threecheesetrees at 8:55 AM - 15 answers

April 28

Gift for my son's (exceptional)teacher Aide who has everything!!

My son is 18 years old and has special needs . He has been with this teacher aide for 6 years.She has helped him with academics, social skills and even made him get ready for college. She has made a huge difference in our son's life. She hasn't been working for money.She has everything in life. She is an amazing lady who is very smart,highly educated, worked in wall street and took this job to make a difference in someone's life. My son was very fortunate to have her. She loves my son and has helped him to become a young man heading to college. I can't compensate for everything she has done. [more inside]
posted by SunPower at 5:25 PM - 19 answers

Talk to me about getting an MFA

I'm already a professional writer, and have been for a decade, but I've been slowly trying to shift stakes. I feel like going for an MFA would offer valuable guidance, validation, and permission to try new things. But I also feel like maybe I'd be better off lighting thousands of dollars on fire. MFAs of MeFi, please observe my snowflakes and tell me what to do! [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 8:53 AM - 21 answers

April 27

iPad apps and learning games for a four-year-old?

Looking for iPad apps and learning games for a four-year-old. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 12:21 PM - 9 answers

April 26

Appropriate Gift for a Professor

Please recommend an appropriate gift for a professor from an auditing (ie, non-credit and ungraded) student. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 3:06 PM - 18 answers

April 25

Counting 101 (and beyond)

Our three year old LOVES to say his letters and numbers. When he gets to Z, he triumphantly (and accurately) announces "and that's all the letters!" When he gets to 100 he proudly informs us, "that's all the numbers!" I've tried to tell him about 101, 102, etc., but he does not believe me. He would believe it if a YouTube video or app told him so. Any suggestions? (Yep, I know this is not a big deal. I just like watching the light bulb go on when he realizes just how big the world is.)
posted by slmorri at 1:49 PM - 14 answers

Help me turn student grades into informative statistics with charts.

TA/Instructor looking for an easy way to plug in a list of grades and get statistical information back, preferably in chart form. I would like to see things like the mean, median, and standard deviation, and a visual representation of the the distribution. [more inside]
posted by jamaal at 7:12 AM - 10 answers

April 23

Resources to support the bullied

A child has shared several stories with me about her experiences at school that sound alarmingly like a pattern of persistent bullying. How can I support her through this? [more inside]
posted by eisforcool at 10:08 AM - 11 answers

Design or Engineering?

Should I go for a degree in Industrial Design or Mechanical Engineering? [more inside]
posted by lain at 8:56 AM - 9 answers

Help a new college grad not squander an opportunity

I was accepted into an excellent, competitive graduate program, but I don't know if this is what I want anymore. Am I just getting cold feet? [more inside]
posted by metacognition at 7:54 AM - 7 answers

April 22

Advice for a New Law School Instructor

What advice and resources would you give someone teaching at law school (or the university level in general) for the first time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:25 PM - 9 answers

April 21

Dissertation Editing Services

I'm curious about using an editing service for the final edits on my dissertation. Any suggestions for services/ethical complications? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM - 12 answers

April 19

Best books and online resources for new public school teachers?

I'm an ESL teacher with several years of experience teaching adult ed. I'm transitioning to the public school system. I have my license but in order to interview well and actually teach public school students, I feel like I need to read up! I haven't had any formal education in teaching and I want to get myself up to speed this summer. What books and blogs would you recommend for a newish teacher? What books are read as part of Masters in Ed programs that are actually useful? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 6:45 AM - 12 answers

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