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Books that a 2nd-grade boy would enjoy reading.

My wonderful partner has a 7-year-old, 2nd-grade son who is having a little trouble keeping up with his peers in the reading department. We're trying to give him some extra attention in that area so that he can catch up, and we'd like to try and foster in him a genuine interest in reading. What books (or comics, or anything) could we give him that he might like, and which would be appropriate for his reading level? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 17, 2014 - 40 answers

Essential books for a school library

Recently on my booklog I got asked the following: "Suppose you could recommend 100 books for a high school library (ages 14-18). What books would you want the librarian to buy, and why? (Fiction, non-fiction… whatever you think it important for teenagers to read.)" What would y'all recommend? Note that this is not a hypothetical exercise, but would be a list of recommendations for an actual school library.
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 17, 2014 - 31 answers

Teachers (especially MA): is it easier to move up or down grade levels?

I have a B.S. in Biochem and Molecular Bio, but after messing around as a bench tech for a while and then substituting at elementary schools, I found I was so much happier teaching then spending hours alone in a lab. Never expected it. So I've substituted mainly K-4 for over a year now (with high praise from the staff), and a few times in Jr. High. I've also done a lot of one-on-one work as a paraprofessional for kids who require accommodations. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, behavioral disorders, etc. The Problem: I'm qualified to teach gr. 7-12 full time right now, but in order to teach 6 or lower I need to complete most of a masters program before I can even get initial (or preliminary) licensure. I'd be willing to teach Jr. High for a couple years, but I suspect I would be happier in the long run as an Elementary teacher. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Sep 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Strategies for reading in college

What are the best strategies for reading in college, and actually comprehending what you're reading to make connections? How do people read hundreds of pages a week and comprehend it all?
posted by markbao on Sep 11, 2014 - 18 answers

What provocative opinion pieces have you read lately?

For a classroom exercise, I need a couple of mid-length (2-6 pages), somewhat provocative editorial-style essays. Difficulty: must be relatively self-contained (no extensive background knowledge required), of mid-level diction and conceptual difficulty (harder than the Daily Mail, easier than Malcolm Gladwell), ideally available online, and on a topic that might interest 18-20-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 11, 2014 - 15 answers

Once more unto the breach...

I'm making a collection of ideas and best practices for history teachers. If you had an amazing history teacher, in either middle school or high school, what did they do that captured your interest? If you teach history, what have you seen work? [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Sep 8, 2014 - 24 answers

Uncommon advice you would give your college-age self

As school starts up again, we're all reminded of the common advice: Actually go to class. Actually read the material if you're taking Lit. Join clubs. But what uncommon advice would you give your college-age self?
posted by markbao on Sep 4, 2014 - 68 answers

Teaching critical thinking?

Have you ever had a class (or similar structured educational experience) that actually taught you to be better at logic and critical thinking? If so, how'd it do that? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 4, 2014 - 19 answers

How do you use what you learned in school?

As a tutor of every age group from kindergarten to college, I often hear the sensible question, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" I would like to be able to better answer this, and so I ask you, Metafilter, when do you ever use the things you learned in school? Do you use math? English? History? If so, what parts? And how? [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Sep 2, 2014 - 52 answers

Going to a conference. Help me present myself to potential employers.

I'm going to a conference/show/event in October, and I need a good way to present on-going education and new job history. Details inside? You bet. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Moonlight on Aug 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Sandbox or social studies?

I am looking for some advice on where to send my almost 4 year old daughter for preschool. [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Aug 28, 2014 - 24 answers

need chromebook to connect to wi-fi, but it won't

My daughter's chromebook from school needs to connect to wi-fi. We have wi-fi at home. When I open up my home computer, I never need to put in a password....I just click onto my internet icon. By the way, I have netgear for my wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Aug 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Flexible Lecture Notes Application for Mac OS or Pen and Paper?

What are the best options for freeform note-taking on a notebook computer these days? (not an iPad). I am returning to Uni to do an MA in Sept and considering whether I should go "old school" pen and paper w/ notebooks or if I should find a reasonable lecture notes application that allows quick easy diagraming, arrows etc and more unstructured text. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Aug 22, 2014 - 14 answers

User Experience Design Certification -- worth it?

Are UX design certification programs seen as worthwhile by employers? Worthwhile enough to spend $4,000 and a year of my life to try to transition from content strategist/editor/creator to UX design work? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty on Aug 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me solve an impossible anagram puzzle!

My 12-year-old cousin got a ridiculous word scramble problem at school today and my aunt and I have spent the past 4 hours trying to decode it. 40 letters, 9 words. Can the hive mind save the day? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Aug 20, 2014 - 23 answers

Crowdfunding a previously venture-funded education project. Possible?

Scenario: Funded by a well-known VC, a previously successful (sold last company to Motorola) creates a (hyperbole, aside) revolutionary video instruction platform that *eliminates* bandwidth constraints, worldwide, at the same time increasing the capacity for student interaction by an order-of-magnitude and optimizing data analysis capacity of educational video. [more inside]
posted by Vibrissae on Aug 19, 2014 - 11 answers

What are some good pieces of new technology for a preschool classroom?

I'm looking to bring the preschool my children attend up to date on the technology side of things. Does anyone have any suggestions, mostly hardware-wise, on what to go with? Does the preschool your child attends make use of any technology? Or their Kindergarten class for that matter? What works? What doesn't? I'm willing to hear software suggestions too, but again, mostly looking for hardware ideas. [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Aug 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Time, Time everywhere there's Time.

Asking for a 21 year old friend. What things can my friend recovering from surgery do to earn a little money and/or prepare for a better job (currently works retail). [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX on Aug 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Is it illegal in Canada to base grades off purchased online quizzing?

I tried to find a source from the claim made on Reddit below. Is it currently illegal, or at least being discussed, that it is illegal to charge university students for online quizzing that factors into their final grade? [more inside]
posted by MikeyObviously on Aug 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Best way to get in grad school for almost nothing?

I'm trying to go to grad school, but don't want to be straddled with debt. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Aug 4, 2014 - 23 answers

community orgs for arts and technology?

Which organisations, companies, community groups, etc support and encourage embracing both arts/humanities AND STEM (especially technology)? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Best, Cheap Technology for a Science Classroom

Hey MeFites, I'm really trying to expand the use of digital technology in my classroom. Unfortunately, the resources at my school are fairly limited. However, I do have access to $1200 in grant money, assuming I can write a compelling enough proposal. Help me find some affordable tech for my classroom! Needs of class inside. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Jul 30, 2014 - 5 answers

How to Design a Course's Curriculum: High School Edition

What curriculum design frameworks and resources should I use to develop a high school level art course? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Switching Industries: Education Edition

Am currently in Corporate America but a possibility of a job switch to Enrollment Management for a Catholic high school - can you provide some insight to professionally moving into the Education space? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jul 25, 2014 - 1 answer

Correct Qualification/Title for a postgraduate diploma (Australia)

If someone completes a Postgraduate Diploma (in Engineering) and they do not have an undergraduate degree in Engineering (but rather in something else, i.e. architecture), does the postgraduate dip. qualification enable this person to be called/ titled an engineer? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Jul 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Grad school application question help: Does this answer seem odd?

I am currently in the process of applying to The University of the Pacific's Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations. To answer one of the application questions I used part of a previous paper I wrote a few years back which I think answers the question well. I did cut and paste it with a few revisions and have been told it appears that way. A few other questions about it inside. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Environmental depression

I need help dealing with my anxiety over climate change. I need help figuring out how I can help. It's a bit more complex than that, but not much. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2014 - 31 answers

Thoughts on CIS major? (Computer Information Systems)

Is CIS a reliable major for future careers in NY? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jul 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Philosophy class in French lycees

It is my understanding that French high school students take a year-long philosophy course in the last year of the lycee. So what's it like in this course, anyway? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Masters degree for "Makers"

I need to take masters credit worthy classes, I already have a Masters degree so want to take a greater range of courses. What classes would you put in a Masters degree for someone as part of the "Maker" community? [more inside]
posted by dstopps on Jun 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Learning about artificial intelligence

I'm currently exploring artificial intelligence as a potential field to go into. What books (fiction or nonfiction), films, or resources would you recommend for learning about artificial intelligence, the possibilities of AI, and its future? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Jun 26, 2014 - 12 answers

I know the job I want! Now help me come up with a name for it.

I work at a school for gifted kids that has a lot of talented staff but not much emotional support for the kids. I have been providing that and am starting to get training for it, but I need a title and to more tightly define what I want my role to look like. Help me, Ask.Mefi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2014 - 11 answers

What a college education "means" in 2014

What is the basic cultural literacy and knowledge a post-collegiate adult "should" have in 2014? Are there certain humanities subjects you assume or expect everyone in your college-educated social circle to have a baseline understanding of - semiotics? Critical theory? Familiarity with a bunch of poetry, drama, novels, sociological texts, art, music? None of that? [more inside]
posted by naju on Jun 18, 2014 - 28 answers

Teaching/Refugee Education Jobs in Seattle, WA?

I'm planning to move to Seattle in the fall and hope to work with the international/refugee population there, specifically Somalis. Which organizations are the best for international/ESL/refugee education or support for women and children? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic on Jun 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Help Me Learn Math!

I will be returning to school in the fall to start prerequisite courses for a Physical Therapy program. I don't know math. The last time i took math was in high school, and it was basic geometry. I would like to teach myself primarily, so that i can test into higher classes. The goal is to be able to test into pre-calc, so that i can also qualify for the physics classes as well. Any suggestions? I don't really care about the method. I was thinking about buying a textbook, but i was unsure of which ones to get. Thanks.
posted by hiddenknives on Jun 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Thoughtful-but-entertaining novels for the nonliterary type?

I'm teaching an introductory course on prose fiction (reading, not writing). What fun post-1900 novel should I put on the syllabus? Should be intelligent, but needn't necessarily be, you know, Literary. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2014 - 40 answers

How can I learn to be a very good acrylic painter?

I've been a professional writer all my working life--non-fiction: newspapers, national magazines, books, tv--and now that I'm semi-retired I'm attempting to learn a new skill. Painting. It's thrilling to see the world in a new way and I love it. The instructor is delightful: accomplished and generous with praise. I've taken her beginners' course and learned a lot--by my subjective eye, I went from worst in the class to second best. Now I'm in the follow-up course. But I'm not very good yet and nearly all the 15 or so others in this class have painted for years or have taken lots of courses, and they're embarrassingly far ahead of me. I know that I must "compete" only with myself. I know that I can advance only at my own pace and that should be fine. But I want to learn faster! I want to be the best! I'm reading books, and practicing outside class, and messing around with different paints and colors and substrates, and that helps. Is there anything else I might do that would help me learn faster? Tips? Reading? Materials? Just practicepracticepractice? See, I don't even know enough yet to ask a clear and concrete question. Mefi artists, can you show me the way?
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jun 6, 2014 - 12 answers

How to nail the GRE's

Open to any and all recommendations on the most efficient way to study for the GRE (focusing on writing and grammar). My GPA in college was meh (3.0). So I really need to have a nice shiny test score to go along with my floating-by transcript in order to get into top choice schools. Any advice on courses, sites, studying regimens etc. to go into this thing as ready as possible? [more inside]
posted by faceholenoises on Jun 3, 2014 - 18 answers

People that picked themselves up after long-term depression?

Just need to hear some stories of people that managed to turn things around after a long-term depression. Explanation below. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on May 30, 2014 - 18 answers

What books or resources would you use to teach a kindergartner chess?

My question is twofold:
  1. What books, websites, or other resources do you recommend?
  2. Any tips for teaching a very young player?
He already knows all the basic moves and rules. [more inside]
posted by axoplasm on May 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Where to do (online) real estate training?

I'm going to get my real estate broker license and want to take the required class hours online (90 for WA state). There are a number of sites that offer the classes, however none have impressed me in the least. Is there something out there I just haven't found? [more inside]
posted by shawnmk on May 25, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I get a sponsorship to teach in Sydney, Australia?

I was trained in primary education during my B.Ed and have 8 years experience teaching English at the secondary level. Currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. [more inside]
posted by figaro on May 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Special Education Extension NYC

Hi, to facilitate possibly switching schools/towns later, I'm considering adding on the 12 credit Special Education/Students with Disabilities extension on to my existing NY Math 7-12 license. Does anyone have any experience with this? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on May 22, 2014 - 0 answers

(Finally) graduated!

Entered school in 2006 and had to leave school a bit before finishing my degree (was supposed to graduate in 2010). I'm finally done with my coursework and can start looking for better jobs, but how should I address this gap on my resume--particularly in regards to formatting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2014 - 10 answers

What would happen if the US cut student tuition reimbursement?

I've recently been on a kick reading about the current problems in higher education – tuition rising while state funding to universities decreases, large student debt, enrollments down, increased use of contingent faculty to control costs, increased spending on amenities, etc. What would happen if the federal subsidies were suddenly removed? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 17, 2014 - 11 answers

I need a better job! What's an introvert with a B.S. to do??

Here's my situation: I graduated with a bachelor's in biology, and have had a series of jobs I liked, involving wildlife rehabilitation and working at a zoo... but I've moved and these jobs are hard to come by in my current location, AND, none of these jobs make any money. So what career field can I transition into that could help me take advantage of the fact that I already have a bachelor's degree? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on May 16, 2014 - 14 answers

What are the best options to learn Web Development in Chicago?

I am a development-leaning Graphic Designer and I am looking to pursue being a Front-End/Web Developer and I wanted to get some opinions on what is the most effective and useful education options available. I currently reside in Chicago so if there are any Chicago specific possibilities that would be great [more inside]
posted by consoledotlog on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Nursing job market in Atlanta

Asking this question for a family member who just graduated from the University of Mobile with a B.S. She's considering moving to Atlanta for better job opportunities and continuing education in nursing. She has some bachelor-level credits in nursing-related classes and experience in the field. We have some questions... [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on May 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Western woman teaching Saudi men. Should I be concerned?

I am a young Canadian woman and I have been asked to organize an academic workshop for a group of Saudi Arabian men that are on a month-long summer school exchange at my university (in Canada). Given the gender segregation in Saudi Arabia, I am wondering if there are any specific things I should be concerned about, prepare for, or otherwise watch out for.
posted by Bobka on May 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Wufoo like forms, but with audio prompts and responses?

I am looking for an online tool (paid/free) for making forms, that can include audio prompts and allow users to respond by recording their audio. Google-ing failed obviously.
posted by raheel on May 8, 2014 - 1 answer

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