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Please help me to not quit teaching.

This is my second year as a certified secondary classroom teacher (I have 4 years of experience including full-time substituting k-12 and paraprofessional work). I don't know where to begin. I live 3000 miles away from all of my family and friends. I teach in an urban school in Arizona, consistently ranked as the 1st or 2nd worst state for teachers. I'm depressed, frustrated with myself, and feel like I'm losing control of my class more and more as the year goes on. Soul-spilling rant inside. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Oct 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Free/low cost online solution for file sharing and discussion forums?

My research has left me confused. I want to provide a simple online place/forum for participants in my adult education programs to share files and discussions. [more inside]
posted by MT on Oct 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Podcasts That Make You Feel Smarter

I'm looking for podcasts that will either a) teach me stuff that feels essential, or b) exercise my brain. Most "educational" podcasts feel more like entertainment than education to me - Radiolab and TED talks, for example, feel like they lack that essential element. Any recommendations?
posted by Anonymousness on Oct 17, 2016 - 32 answers

¡Emergencia Educativa!

Good news: we found a house we love and we close in two weeks. Even better, the school is the one that hosts our second grader's Cub Scout Pack. He knows many of the kids there and is excited to attend. Problem: it's a dual language school and there is a Spanish proficiency test required to attend, and if he doesn't pass, he'll have to attend a different school, further away, where he knows no one. HALP. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 17, 2016 - 18 answers

Help me understand autism

At the school I work at (in a mostly non-educational role) there are several children with severe autism (or what I would consider severe, but maybe not). They have their own aides, do modified programs, etc. I've never really worked with or been around children with autism before and because I don't come from an educational background, I am really struggling with understanding what autism *is* exactly and understanding what reasonable behavior/educational expectations look like. Are there any resources I should be looking at to get a better idea of what autism is and how to best interact with the children at the school who have it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2016 - 19 answers

No True English Teacher Would Ask This Sort of Question

I've recently discovered that I'm supposed to be teaching logical fallacies and argumentation to a couple classes of second year high school returnee students. I'm looking for solid ideas or examples for use in teaching students how to recognize and avoid using fallacies. However, there've been some snags. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Oct 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Good sites for school-age kids

I'm a tech advisor at a small school district. Teachers have a bad habit of sending kids to craptastic "learning" game sites or, worse still, any site they like for "free-choice time." Help me compile great sites that are not necessarily "educational" but good for the soul. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Sep 29, 2016 - 14 answers

Learning to Code apps

I'm interested in learning to code using lessons that are simple, basic, easy, insert descriptor that illustrates how I know absolute zero about this subject and consider me a typing monkey. I was thinking maybe through an app I can put on my phone and muck with on breaks and such. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit on Sep 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Help my students post to my course Wordpress site

I teach media arts, and am trying to get my (college) students to post to our class blog, which is at a wordpress.com site. I have invited them all as authors. I am the admin. The students who have never used WP before are posting fine. However, the students who have their own wordpress sites are having a hard time, because when they try to post, they are only given the option to post to their own sites. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Sep 20, 2016 - 3 answers

How did you (YES, YOU SPECIFICALLY) pay for grad school?

The "how to pay for grad school" articles that pop up in a Google search are WOEFULLY LACKING in specifics. I'm looking for actual, specific tales of how real people out there in the world financed their Masters degrees. Feel free to get brutally honest. [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Sep 20, 2016 - 83 answers

Need help mapping out an education/career path. Please advise.

Hi everyone. Like the title suggests, I need some help figuring out an education/career plan for myself before I return to school next year (details inside). [more inside]
posted by KTN on Sep 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Intermediate Meteorology

What are some good resources for expanding one's knowledge on meteorology? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Bass Guitar App Wanted

Looking for the best app for learning to play bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Sep 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Games for K-6 as a non PE teacher - help a gal out

Hi everyone! I'm working for an outdoor adventure company that is coming into a school system for 2 hour blocks per grade (typically 30 min stations) while they do professional development and we work with the students on "enrichment". [more inside]
posted by Bossypants on Sep 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Making the leap from amateur to professional - engineering

I've been looking for some time now for a new career path - beyond just "whatever job I can get right now" and into something secure, with a future and where I've got a genuine interest. I've worked in the non-technical side of radio broadcasting in the past, and radio technology (through ham radio) has been my hobby for many years. I'm wondering about turning RF engineering into a career but I'm unsure where to start. Help! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Sep 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Make computer not go to sleep - without admin access

I am a teacher lucky enough to have several classroom computers. I am a teacher unlucky enough to not have admin access to these computers. I am a teacher whose students can't type capital letters. Help! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Sep 2, 2016 - 18 answers

More stories like Holes by Louis Sachar

We can't teach Holes anymore. What novels do you recommend for Year 8- hopefully with a female protagonist and an Australian setting (or author.) [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on Aug 31, 2016 - 17 answers

Masters Ed. in Counseling Psychology

Do you have a Master's in Counseling Psychology or similar? (social work, clinical psychology, etc) or do you work in/know about the field? I'd like to know what it's like and whether the degree is worth it. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 30, 2016 - 7 answers

The Boozy Educational Series

I want to learn, from the beginning, with no pressure and a drink in hand. Help me come up with a boozy math/science online course curriculum. [more inside]
posted by naju on Aug 25, 2016 - 8 answers

How much math should most college students be able to learn?

I have read quite a few articles that state that there's no such thing as being bad at math, that often it is just the case that you haven't had a specific subject explained to you in a way that made sense to you, or that you just have to work harder at it. That resonates with me, but clearly there's a limit to that and I wonder what that limit is. [more inside]
posted by blub on Aug 25, 2016 - 16 answers

Is coaching two school teams in the same league unethical?

If school teams are competing against each other in a league, is it unethical for a coach to be training teams from two schools within the league? Assume that both school managements are aware of the double commitment. There is a real possibility that the two teams will go up against each other head to head. I'm looking for help in thinking through the ethical reasoning, as an organization I'm involved in is trying to develop an official position on this.
posted by bardophile on Aug 24, 2016 - 16 answers

Mecology Song - 1970s educational film

Along in the late 1970s when I was in grammar school, we watched a film in class that had a catchy tune about "Mecology" -- the idea being that ecology is relevant to you and "me." What was this film? (Could it have had something to do with being on a spaceship, or is my memory playing tricks on me?) [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Aug 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me make a plan for my son's education

I like plans, but I generally have no idea where things are going from year to year with my son's education (he is now 13). He's bright, and half-way through a degree course. We fumble a new plan each year, but I still don't really know exactly what we would best do next and what distant destination we should be aiming for. We're in New Zealand. [more inside]
posted by tillsbury on Aug 21, 2016 - 10 answers

What do the People think of University of the People?

I am wondering if anyone has taken courses through University of the People. www.uopeople.edu? [more inside]
posted by LilithSilver on Aug 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Common physical education equipment - Cost and Suggestions

I work for an outdoor adventure company that is expanding into full day enrichment programs in a very low income school system. We are trying to expand our general equipment (hula hoops, bean bags, pinnies, etc) at the lowest cost and I've become extremely frustrated trying to find the best price among so many different websites. Any helpful websites or resources would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Bossypants on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Career Advice for a Young, Indecisive Teacher

I'm a young teacher struggling to determine my future career and life path. Is having self doubt in spite of outward success normal? How can I go about being more decisive about my future? Boring details to follow! [more inside]
posted by Fastest Pokemon on Aug 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Considering my future after getting a bachelors in Psychology

I’ve spent the past two weeks really trying to figure out what I can do with my life after graduating with a bachelors in psychology in a year. Here’s what I know. The enjoyment of my work comes first, but while it comes in second, how much I make is also important. Also, I am an anxious person, so I’m trying to avoid something that is super high stress. [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Aug 8, 2016 - 12 answers

I never learned how to cook, and I want to know how. What should I do?

I eat rather plain food, and I eat the same things over and over again. I've started watching Chef's Table on Netflix, and it's made me super curious. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Aug 6, 2016 - 32 answers

How can you maintain original thinking when learning a new field?

When diving into a new field, how can you keep 'thinking outside the box' as you learn the traditional knowledge in a field? As you learn the patterns of thinking that a field promotes, I think it's hard to think outside of those patterns in the future. How do you maintain originality in thinking and avoid paradigm blindness? Some ideas inside. [more inside]
posted by markbao on Jul 26, 2016 - 13 answers

Educational material about Israel from a geographical perspective

Where can I find audio/videos to listen to while looking at maps of Israel? Specifically, I have an awesome wall map (6 feet tall). I'd love to listen to lectures about the regions, cities, migrations, rivers, seas, mountains, borders, etc... while studying the map. For example: Why was Tel Aviv selected as a place to develop especially? What role has the Port of Haifa played in military success? Where are the tunnels used by terrorists? Where were the borders at various times in history? What is the climate like in different regions, and how does this affect those region's cultures? What are the distances various air weapons can travel, both from and to Israel? Where do emigrants cluster (e.g. Russians, Americans, Ethiopians, etc.)? Where were famous Israeli personalities from and raised? Etc, etc, etc...
posted by daniel.poynter on Jul 13, 2016 - 2 answers

To Boldly Go Where Many Have Gone Before!

I want a real career. After a decade of professional frittering, I'm finally coming into my own — I have deep focus and a desire to invest heavily in my future. What should I make of myself? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Searching for a math learning book for children

Sometime within the last two years, I read a positive review of a mathematics book for children of at least kindergarten age that introduced math concepts using the number line as a conceptual focus. I'd appreciate any help in trying to identify this book. [more inside]
posted by Svejk on Jul 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Bringing the Power of STEAM to the Classroom

I recently developed a new invention that combines art, music and technology together in a pretty cool, very interactive way. I've received several requests from teachers in my state asking me to bring this project to their schools and asking what my fee would be. I don't know what I should charge for my time, travel and materials, and I'm not sure if I should charge the schools directly or if I should look for external grants to fund the cost. [more inside]
posted by chara on Jun 28, 2016 - 4 answers

What are some great music theory blogs?

I'm getting deep into music theory and I'd like to update my RSS feed accordingly. So what are some great blogs that post things like discussions of music theory books, musicological analysis of popular music, music theory related trivia, etc? How can I be more of a nerd in this way?
posted by everythingyoudoisaballoon on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Maybe if I'd lived in a better school district, I'd Ask Metafilter less.

When did public schools become "bad"? And did the quality actually change, or are statements about the inferiority of public education the racist shibboleths I've come to assume that they are? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 17, 2016 - 19 answers

That sweet sweet perspective

Thanks to a comment on the Blue, I found a wonderful YouTube series about GamerGate, complete with synopsis and perspective from both sides. I want more of this! [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Jun 16, 2016 - 5 answers

No more slacktivism!

Looking for volunteer opportunities in Oakland, SF, and/or Berkeley [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee on Jun 13, 2016 - 5 answers

The history of the world is but the biography of great men. - Carlyle

When my mother was a child, she had a book that was 100 short biographies of "great men of history". I am wondering if such a book exists for the modern age. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 6, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I find out if a UK college is reputable?

I'm wanting to go back to studying briefly for the sake of a planned change in career, but my understanding of the UK education system is limited, so I can't figure out if the college I'm looking at is reputable. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on May 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Learn all the coffee things

After a few years away from caffeine, I'm coming back. How do I best go about learning the different regional and roasting effects on coffee's flavor? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on May 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Should we give daughter special education or let her be who she is?

We are troubled as to whether or not we should put our daughter in a math special education program. The school has said she needs it, but she is adamant that she does not want to be seen as different. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on May 22, 2016 - 65 answers

Books on the tendency toward anachronistic approaches to church history?

So I've been listening to this podcast on the History of Christianity from the Reformed Theological Seminary and there is an odd way that events in the early period of the church are presented which seems rather anachronistic or suffers from "hindsight bias". Is there a term for this? I was wondering if there is literature on this tendency in religious thought (i.e. in which present orthodoxy is retrojected into past debates and conflicts over doctrine.) Is it common? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on May 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Commercials About Bugs?

Can the hivemind ID these commercials? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for books to help Prepare for the Praxis II Business Education

Currently, I am a math teacher who is looking to expand his licensure to include teaching business education classes. I will be taking the Praxis II exam to get my teaching certification in Business Education. The contents of the exam include economics, entrepreneurship, marketing and management, along with accounting and finance, international business, and information technology (page 5 in the PDF). There are some ad-hoc books that I’ve seen on Amazon marketplace that I will be checking out as well. [more inside]
posted by caudal on May 16, 2016 - 1 answer

La vie en rose

How can I become fluent in french as quickly as possible? I have studied French on and off for several years but still feel that I am no closer to fluency, and I hope to visit France and possibly even work there for an extended period within the next few years. [more inside]
posted by Wildflowers on May 13, 2016 - 23 answers

Discussing minstrel songs with kid's school

I'd like some educational resources that I can share with my kid's daycare to help them understand why I don't want my toddler to learn blackface minstrel songs in music class. [more inside]
posted by medusa on May 12, 2016 - 17 answers

Breaking down systems of oppression, high school edition

I often have the opportunity to talk about sexism, gender issues, racism and other forms of oppression with groups of high school students while working as an outdoor educator. So cool! I've got a diversity handbook with activities, but they're starting to feel a bit dated. What are the best resources for activities, conversation starters and engaging ways to illustrate big, complicated ideas? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on May 11, 2016 - 4 answers

In a rut or time for change? Careerchange filter with art dream caveat

I started in Montessori Preschool education a little over 6 years ago right out of college and I LOVE it... except I don't. Working in the confines of a school is getting really physically and emotionally taxing, especially since my life has done a 180 Snowflakes-> [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Apr 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Help me think of ecological & botanical demos that are kinda magical.

I have been told to lead a nature walk & workshop for a Girl Scout event that has a "magic" theme. This will be in the Pacific Northwest in a coniferous-riparian setting, and these are 7-17 year old girls. Yeah, I know. that's a broad range of ages. That's why I need your help. I'm a botanist. EVERYTHING sciency and outside is magical to me, so I'm hoping to make a list of very quick (<5 minute) demos with things found outside that have a big impact or are somehow surprising to a non-science audience. I'd like to avoid the pointing-and-telling kind of nature activity - I want these concepts to show themselves off somehow. Apparently I'll be doing this multiple times throughout the year so seasonality doesn't matter. [more inside]
posted by bravecanary on Apr 26, 2016 - 27 answers

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 on Apr 22, 2016 - 9 answers

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