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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 - 11 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 - 6 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

Best books and online resources for new public school teachers?

I'm an ESL teacher with several years of experience teaching adult ed. I'm transitioning to the public school system. I have my license but in order to interview well and actually teach public school students, I feel like I need to read up! I haven't had any formal education in teaching and I want to get myself up to speed this summer. What books and blogs would you recommend for a newish teacher? What books are read as part of Masters in Ed programs that are actually useful? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Apr 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Nursing Schools Internationally

I'm looking into going to nursing school in a few years and I'm trying to understand what the options are internationally. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Apr 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Why would or wouldn't a state legislature support public radio?

Some states provide zero funding to their public radio stations (either directly or via state education funds like, to colleges) while others give a lot (last year, Georgia gave public radio almost 15-million dollars). Who decides, the legislature or the voters, whether or not to support public radio in a state?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 8, 2016 - 4 answers

What do colleges look at for dance major admission and scholarship?

If someone wants to major in dance and even try for a scholarship, what are they looking at most? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 8, 2016 - 6 answers

What should I include in my 'sex and relationships' lessons?

I'm looking for advice as to what I should include as 'extras' in my sex and relationships lessons for ten and eleven year old children. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Apr 4, 2016 - 48 answers

Videos explaining the origin of life and evolution for very young kids.

I am struggling with explaining the origin of life, evolution and natural selection in a tangible way to my kids 4 & 5. Informing myself better has helped in the explaining, but I hope you can direct me towards videos aimed at young children which do a better job. Those I have found online are great for adults and slightly older kids, but level of detail is off-putting for them e.g. From the big bang to me, great video, but slightly too advanced.
posted by therubettes on Apr 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Floating audio widget for recording comments in OS X

I'm responding to student papers that are stuck inside our school's LMS. The software has a recording feature, but it is clunky and sluggish. What I would like to do is leave audio comments as a read the paper, hitting record and pause until I reach the end, then save the recording as an mp3. Quicktime would work perfectly for this if I could get the recording window to stay in the foreground. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 31, 2016 - 5 answers

Enterprise Architecture (I think) Starting from Scratch

If you were starting a brand new small college computer infrastructure, where would you start? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Mar 30, 2016 - 11 answers

Help our elementary school get gender balance in gifted math and science

Today I had to have the uncomfortable discussion with my 5th grade daughter about "why there aren't more girls on the Science Bowl team." Apparently, there are 5 girls out of 16 competitively awarded spots. A couple of years ago, we had the exact same discussion about TAG math-- she wanted to drop out because she was the only girl in her group. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Mar 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Is it OK to take a break from my education?

Mental health issues are derailing my education. I feel extreme pressure to stay in school. Logic is telling me I should take a break but I have no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2016 - 17 answers

A test question from my childhood about eyelashes still confuses me

The test was to determine whether I should be placed into a program for gifted students. I was five or six years old. One of the tasks was to identify the difference between a series of side-by-side photographs. For example, the picture on the left might be a tree with a rope swing, the picture on the right might be a tree with a tire swing. One of these side-by-sides was not like the others, and I can't figure out why it would be helpful in determining a child's aptitude. [more inside]
posted by landunderwave on Mar 24, 2016 - 10 answers

D.C. public elementary schools. Lay it on me.

We have a 6-month-old and are looking to buy in the parts of D.C. where you can get a 3 bedroom row house for around $600k--think Bloomingdale, Eckington, Petworth, Brightwood Park, etc. We're not looking at specific schools yet and aren't thinking past elementary school. D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) do not have a particularly great reputation in the region. We both grew up going to well-funded, high-achieving, not-particularly-diverse suburban public schools and have no real starting point to assess what the public school system is offering here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Ideas for a sensory input wall

Brainstormia: what are some good materials and elements to include when making tiles for a sensory input wall in a classroom? [more inside]
posted by transient on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Easiest way to create simple drag-and-drop online activities?

I would like to create a few straightforward drag-and-drop labelling activities, I have some diagrams, and I want to present users with a list of words that they have to move to the right position. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Should I go to school for speech pathology?

Hello. I am currently a 23 year old female. I am currently considering going back to school (I have an Associate's) for speech pathology (which requires a Master's) but am very tentative considering my current situation and how hard it is to get into the Master's program. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Mar 15, 2016 - 12 answers

Any ideas for speakers for a conference about how I.T. benefits people?

I'm helping organize a 2017 conference on I.T. in higher education; the theme is going to be how I.T. benefits people on a daily basis. We've got an array of prospective speakers already, but in the interest of broadening the pool... any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 14, 2016 - 6 answers

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