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January 23

Opinions of Bastyr University? (I am averse to woo)

I'm trying to figure out how to evaluate people who reference Bastyr University. Please share experiences with this institution. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 PM - 7 answers

January 22

Best website for news from Ivory Coast

I'm looking for a good source for English or French language news from Ivory Coast. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 10:41 PM - 8 answers

Found very overdue library items. How to get clemency?

While tidying up my home office today I was going through my "take this to the (university) office" pile, and found 4 government reports with barcodes and call numbers. ACK! This will surely be hundreds of dollars in fines by now (possibly even into 4 digits) which I can't afford to pay. I know I'm a bad person. I feel terrible. But how do I get out of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM - 23 answers

Just starting college/uni search. Give me your wisdom....

Just starting the college search process. Want all the advice... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 8:07 AM - 25 answers

January 21

Best language learning program for my car

My daily drive time is now up to three hours, I want to learn Spanish, can you recommend a system that will work? [more inside]
posted by cgk at 12:11 PM - 9 answers

January 20

Help my young students be activists

I am an elementary school teacher. My students have studied several heroes, rights activists, and world changers lately. I want them to feel the power they have as people. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 6:04 PM - 8 answers

January 19

family involvement in school community outreach program

I'm working with the social worker at my kids' school to get families more involved in the students' annual community outreach program. Looking for more ideas of how to do that. [more inside]
posted by gerstle at 7:05 AM - 7 answers

Busywork With Benefits

For reasons I have a number of 16-30 year olds who are required to spend an hour at a time (1-5 d/w) in the computer lab with me. They are excused from the usually assigned task, but their presence is sill required. Again, reasons. They rotate in and out so I can't do so much team-based or curriculum based stuff, but I would like them to spend this time on an enriching manner. I have some ideas (inside) but want more. Ideally quantifiable/defensible activities that could go on a resume somehow. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 2:19 AM - 19 answers

January 18

Unusual for students to have trouble switching between math and verbal?

I've been working with middle-school students and many of them have had trouble putting in good performances on both math and verbal sections of a standardized test in one sitting. And a single student can switch between a high verbal score one sitting and then a high math score in another sitting. Curious if this is a known phenomenon with younger kids--that maybe they get stuck in a certain gear and can't modulate their efforts between very different skills and mindset needed for mathematical and verbal reasoning?
posted by Jon44 at 5:09 PM - 6 answers

Gobsmacking online nonfiction + journalism classes

I'm looking for top-notch online classes for nonfiction, journalism, and nonfiction book writing, along the lines of Susan Orlean's Skillshare class. What others am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle at 9:02 AM - 1 answers

January 17

Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School 2

At almost 36 years old, I finally know what I want to do -- I want to work in historical media conservation/preservation. Preferably this would be film preservation, but I'm also very open to audio preservation and paper (and other media) archives. What is the fastest, most efficient, most direct way to get the practical skills to get my foot in the door? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 12:22 PM - 9 answers

January 16

Trades for a Young Man in the Midwest?

My son is currently working retail, stocking overnights, and he hates it, and wants to get into something else. [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 3:19 PM - 24 answers

January 15

Trying to help a Japanese student apply for American colleges

A student of mine just asked me to help her with applying to American colleges and universities. I'm essentially looking for recommendations for, schools with good musical theater programs, advice and best practices for applying to universities from overseas, and applying for financial aid for non-US students. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 10:30 PM - 16 answers

Grad school - advice for when the program is cancelled after acceptance

Asking for your ideas about what it'd be smart and reasonable to ask for from the program director if your chosen graduate school cancelled a program after sending out acceptances. I got word less than a month from when the program would have begun. There is the potential that this program would start two semesters from now. A phone conversation with their team confirmed that my acceptance would carry over, but I am not confident that this program will start on that timeline, and am applying to other programs, mostly for a fall start. [more inside]
posted by vacuumsealed at 9:10 PM - 5 answers

January 14

What should I read to my baby, and when?

My wife is just beginning her second trimester, so it looks as though I'll be a dad in July. I'm pretty excited about this. I'd really love to instill an appreciation for canonical literature at an early age since it was so important to me as a kid and now as an adult. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 8:42 PM - 61 answers

January 13

Are developmental stages for speech & language the same across cultures?

Children who grow up learning English, for example, all learn in the same sequence: "birdie go" (the bird has gone), "doggie jump" (the dog is jumping), then "-ing" around 3 years of age ("doggie jumping"), then irregular past tense ("birdies went") and "is" ("daddy is big"). Then, lastly they learn the regular past tense verbs ("doggie jumped") and present tense verbs in the third person ("Daddy eats"). This is the order for the vast majority of English speaking children.** Is this developmental process the same for most Indo-European languages? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 3:51 PM - 5 answers

January 12

What were you expected to know after kindergarten

The poem says that "All I ever really needed to know I learned in kindergarten" but what about all things you are expected to learn in school? I am trying to generate a list of things students (all ages even grad school) or people in training programs for a profession are expected to learn, but then are never used again. [more inside]
posted by turtlefu at 10:52 AM - 47 answers

January 10

Is there a definitive popular history book about Auschwitz?

I say "popular history book" only to distinguish from academic sources. Thanks for your suggestions.
posted by Bobby Bittman at 1:07 PM - 6 answers

January 7

chapter book recommendations for almost 4-year-old

My son will be 4 in March and he loves books. Can you recommend some longer/chapter books age appropriate with easy listening comprehension? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 6:52 PM - 20 answers

I am the auntie in charge of turning the kid into a nerd.

A low-income, uneducated friend of mine is utterly, utterly terrified that her 14-month-old baby will continue the cycle of poverty and become a statistic. Specifically, she wants help ensuring that he learns to read, write, and do math on schedule. Difficulty level: the only time she has to do pre-reading and pre-math activities with him is during their twice-daily 3 hour train commute while she's exhausted. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 1:38 PM - 34 answers

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