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March 11

Are we more or less honest than a hundred years ago?

Are the citizens of the U.S. more or less honest than a hundred years ago? Is there any longitudinal research that explores this question? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 11:49 PM - 3 answers

March 10

Teachers! Advice for private school interviews?

I have been invited to interview for full time teaching positions at several private (mostly Catholic) schools, in a few different states. I have substantial experience teaching in many diverse capacities in public schools, but no private. I've never attended a private school either. If you teach or have interviewed at a private school, what advice can you give? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 9:25 PM - 3 answers

March 8

Etiquette on re-using colleague's teaching exercise

One of my colleagues has a wonderful teaching exercise that I'd like to re-use in a presentation. I would of course give her credit, both on the presentation slide and verbally. Is this normal academic re-use? [more inside]
posted by lillygog at 8:38 AM - 14 answers

March 7

Education book involving a classroom 'simulating' a computer program

My mother was a secondary school teacher, and roughly 15-20 years ago I was reading a book of hers that involved a classroom game or experiment or lesson where each child in the class followed a set of individual instructions, passing information around to other kids and making decisions and so on. The net result of all of this was that the whole classroom would end up effectively running a program to play a game - I *think* it was noughts and crosses, but it was a reasonably complex program with maybe 20 separate sets of instructions for different people. [more inside]
posted by xiw at 2:54 AM - 1 answers

March 6

An evolution primer

Say you had a religious education, and were never taught the first thing about evolution. Now you're no longer religious. How would you learn what you'd missed? [more inside]
posted by vasi at 7:39 PM - 22 answers

March 5

Given an F-Statistic, is there a way to find the P-Value with a TI-89?

One of my Stats II homework questions is: "Five groups are being compared, with 13 observations per group. The value of the F statistic is 1.61. Obtain the P-value of the test." I found an online calculator but won't have access to that during tests. Is there a way to find this on the TI-89? [more inside]
posted by Beti at 4:13 PM - 5 answers

Books/review of high school math for former math major, current tutor

I need book recommendations two categories: 1) for myself for review (that are somewhere between high school text books and Spark notes) 2) just straight up textbooks for high school math (algebra i, geometry, algebra ii, trigonometry, pre-calculus) [more inside]
posted by miss so and so at 3:31 PM - 10 answers

Demonstrating How Accommodations Help Kids on IEPs

I'm putting together a 1 hour training for new teachers who have little understanding of disabilities and how they affect teens in the classroom. Although I do annual presentations about this, I'd love to mix it up, make it more hands-on and understandable. [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 2:40 AM - 8 answers

March 4

The World Wins

Tonight I came across an old Ted talk by John Hunter, who is the creator of The World Peace Game, where he guides and facilitates his students into solving complex world problems by getting very player to cooperative achieve world peace. Here is the link to the Ted Talk. [more inside]
posted by gloturtle at 10:05 PM - 2 answers

March 1

What do when living a meaningful life is expensive?

I am struggling with the lack of meaning and purpose in my life lately and, consequently, with my Computer Science coursework. I am feeling somewhat depressed, winter blues, etc., but I feel like I am going the wrong direction with my life and I have had that nagging feeling ever since I started at school again. I took this path to raise money for pursuing future studies in Psychology, but it has been a huge struggle so far. What should I do? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades at 4:53 PM - 19 answers

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 - 28 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 - 9 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

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