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September 20

Does anyone know how kids' brains develop?

I'm curious if the hivemind knows how much people have studied how kids develop mentally. Sure, we know there are intellectual milestones that kids achieve at different rates, etc, etc.. But how much variation is there? Or for a specific example, if a kid seems a bit slower than his/her peers in kindergarten -- how often will that slowness persist through to high school? Do some kids have an epiphany in 6th grade, like a mental growth spurt? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 11:19 AM - 6 answers

Advice for a graduate advisor on harassment in external lab

I am an advisor to graduate students in a science-based discipline. The university at which I work has a centralized lab facility made available to all students to conduct their research. One of my graduate students needs this lab to complete their thesis. Unfortunately, the lab is currently managed by somebody who makes my student uncomfortable. I am trying to find a solution so that this lab manager's present does not impact my student's education any further. What can, and should, I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 AM - 25 answers

September 19

Paper reference library

I want to own a series of good reference texts for my home that I can browse and with which to edify myself. Right now, I am most interested in learning about geography, but I am open to suggestions on any reference texts that are important to have in a home library. [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 5:53 AM - 22 answers

September 14

Amazing and amazingly expensive preschool worth it vs. adequate one?

We're not very happy with our current preschool, but it's not terrible. We're thinking of making a switch for our 2-year old. We just toured a preschool that really blew us away and addressed basically every concern we've ever brought up about preschool, but it costs much more than we currently pay. We could afford this, but it would be a hardship. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by skewed at 12:58 PM - 16 answers

September 13

I'm looking for a free language app with no lessons locked.

I would like to learn french using a free app. I've tried duolingo and it's not for me. I've been using busuu but it has so many locked lessons that it's completely getting in the way of learning the language. I'm looking for recommendations for the best free language app with no lessons locked or at least very few locked lessons.
posted by Tziv at 4:52 PM - 3 answers

Noun or Adjective?

School has started again and homework is in full swing, maybe I don't remember my parts of speech or have their functions mixed up but... [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly at 3:28 PM - 14 answers

September 12

non-industry-specific troubleshooting

I used to do software support, and I really liked it. Now that I'm looking for a new job, I've got a bit of free time, which, in addition to job searching, I'm using to teach myself how to do random stuff. I'm finding that my troubleshooting background is coming in handy for a lot of things (e.g., cooking, figuring out why my kid is crying). I want to know if there's a general guide to troubleshooting that's not specific to a certain product or industry. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 12:12 PM - 8 answers

Card games

Card games - Is folding pocket rockets UTG on the bubble ever a positive ev play? I mean pushing and getting rivered by some flush is one thing, or folding to fight another hand.. in the money. What would you do?
posted by Clementines4ever at 11:14 AM - 7 answers

September 10

Academic anxiety?

My first paper for my graduate school program is due in a few days and every time I think about it or start doing research I get anxious. I have never, ever experienced this type of anxiety when it comes to school projects before. How do I get over it? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 4:33 PM - 13 answers

September 9

I have to teach outside my discipline using materials I dislike. Help.

Please help me teach some sessions outside my discipline, using curriculum and materials I hate. Please. I'm dreading this! [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:51 AM - 13 answers

September 8

Argument with my brother about triangles. This is not homework; I'm 48.

I KNOW IT'S TRUE I JUST CAN'T PROVE IT. I am having the world's dumbest argument with my brother about triangles. He says if you have two triangles, with two pair of proportional, corresponding sides, then the triangles have to be similar. I say no, you totally can have two non-similar triangles with two proportional, corresponding sides. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 7:02 PM - 29 answers

Daughter just started Grade 3 and is having a tough time.

My 7-year-old daughter suddenly doesn't want to go to school, spending the day crying and telling the teacher that she misses her mom. What could be the underlying reason? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 11:36 AM - 27 answers

September 5

subset that has the same name as the set?

I'm looking for a way to refer to a subset that has the same name as the set it is included in, but context makes the distinction obvious. It feels very similar to a homonym, but it's more an issue of a difference in antecedent within the same set. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:00 PM - 6 answers

September 4

Books: specific events/topics that still give broader history

Not quite sure how to phrase exactly what I'm looking for, but I'll give it a shot. I just read Hue 1968, which focuses on a specific battle in the Vietnam War. However, the book still gives broad color around the war, what led to it, aftermath, etc., despite not trying to be a history book about the entire Vietnam War. In essence, it's a very engaging and interesting way to learn about a topic through a narrow lens that turns out to be not so narrow. What are some other books that focus on a specific subject/event/person, yet effectively give a broader history? [more inside]
posted by rastapasta at 1:55 PM - 16 answers

September 2

No "pee-pees" or "hoohaws", please

Please help me find an accurate and direct book for a toddler on where babies come from. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 10:34 PM - 14 answers

September 1

Let's give this another try, or how can I forget bad first impressions?

I'm starting a professional course-based grad program this fall and my cohort had the opportunity to meet each other for the first time this week. I can't put my finger on it, but I am already disliking these people. I don't want to spend the next two-years disliking these people, so how can I forget first impressions and meet them "again" for the "first time" when our courses start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 PM - 12 answers

August 29

High school filter: Help me transition to teaching teens

I'll be teaching teenagers in multi-age low-level ESL setting after years of elementary ed. Can you help me be an awesome high school teacher? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox at 5:03 AM - 1 answers

August 28

University Student Subscriptions?

My daughter is starting university today working towards a degree in animation. Her school is providing her with software subscriptions or licenses as part of the deal (Adobe CC suite , for instance.) It's come to our attention that many subscription services (newspapers (NYT, WaPO), magazines, software, music streaming, Amazon Prime, etc.) provide cut rate access for students. As a gift, I'd like to supplement what she gets as part of her program. What are some subscriptions you might recommend for new university student (bonus if it's very useful to a student of the arts)?
posted by brokeaspoke at 10:49 AM - 8 answers

August 27

Teaching Debate and Public Speaking

I have been asked to teach Debate and Public Speaking at an American Style International School in China. I have never done that before, though my background is in Humanities and I have some theatrical experience and have done a little drama teaching. I am mainly looking for sources of good advice and/or inspiration. I would welcome suggestions of the very best and most useful books to read, websites to look at, videos to watch. Perhaps even online forums where like-minded teachers of a similar ilk may share ideas and kind of mentor each other. Any help will be very welcome and most appreciated.
posted by Atom Collection at 6:25 PM - 1 answers

Setting up a scholarship for African American students

My white family wants to set up an endowed scholarship for African American students. What should we consider to ensure that it is done appropriately and will not cause unintentional distress or discomfort to community members or potential recipients? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 AM - 16 answers

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