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What are some tangible items that represent psychology?

I'm part of a psychology department at a very small college. We primarily use a couple of classrooms, which each have one wall filled with built-in cabinets and some shelves. They've remained pretty much empty since they were installed a few years ago. It just looks boring, and I want to put things there. Help? [more inside]
posted by bizzyb on Sep 28, 2015 - 34 answers

How to explain the word "derive?"

I'm subbing for a class and one of their vocab words this week is "derive." I've given them definitions and sample sentences but they are continuing to use it wrong. How can I explain it more clearly? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Sep 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Online video annotation tool, perhaps?

My beloved online video tool Popcorn Maker is being retired by Mozilla. Can anyone recommend a worthy replacement? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 14, 2015 - 1 answer

How to help students with ADD/ADHD in higher education?

Could you recommend resources (reading materials, interviews, blogs, names of experts in the field) to help me become a better teacher for adult students with ADD/ADHD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Do you trigger warning? Would you want one?

I teach college-level courses in a historical humanities field. My research and teaching both swim in a time period where the conceptualization of "consent," as we understand it today, was not in play. So I have to teach a lot of documents, images, novels, poems, and plays that... well, to be honest .... feature rape as a matter of course - often, in fact, as a comedic convention or as an important didactic touchstone. I teach a lot of works that also features graphic violence - again as part of a conventional, generic trope. And I teach a lot of radical political philosophy from [historical humanities field]. Do I need to include a trigger warning on my syllabus? If so, what does that look like? Do the graphic violence and/or radical politics also warrant a similar warning? And if so, what does that look like? [more inside]
posted by pinkacademic on Aug 28, 2015 - 28 answers

Help a luddite edit an old webpage

Please help me to reformat a table and make other simple changes to an old, ugly webpage in time for class on Monday. [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle on Aug 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Community Building for High School Students

I'm a high school teacher, and I was looking for ideas for building community and comfort in the classroom. I know one of my coworkers likes to play a game called "confessions" for extra credit. He pulls out a confession from a bag--where various students have revealed a little known fact about themselves--and the first person to guess the confession is awarded extra credit. Does anyone have ideas like this to build community in the classroom? I teach 10th graders in a suburban school district.
posted by pennylane61 on Aug 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Is my plan to change careers feasible? If not, how can I improve it?

Objective: Career change to technical writing. Obstacles: My current demanding job. Needing to relocate to place that actually has technical writing jobs. **Please help me determine the feasibility of my plan to relocate and change my career. Details inside.** [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Aug 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Where can I find good strategies for leading small group workshops?

Where can I find resources that describe innovative, interesting, and effective approaches to facilitating brief and/or small group workshops? An example (for a larger group) would be fishbowl conversations: an engaging, creative break from the "I talk, you guys discuss" model of conveying information. Bonus points for things that give both facilitator and participants an active role to play. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Aug 13, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I start working as an on-line coding instructor/mentor?

I'm an experienced but largely self-taught programmer. I'd like to earn money teaching other people to code, either on my own or (maybe when I get more documented experience) working for a company. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Aug 9, 2015 - 4 answers

I need some advice mentoring kids

I'm a public school teacher and the school has implemented a new mentoring program. Each teacher has been given a list of about 15 kids to personally mentor. How should I approach this? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Community college HTML/CSS class - could use good resources, pointers

I am teaching a 14 week basic HTML/CSS class for community college students starting in a few weeks. It's my first time teaching younger adults and my first time teaching this class and I would love some advice and links to specific resources. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Aug 5, 2015 - 25 answers

Graduate advisor thinks I'm being taken advantage of at my new job.

I am a new teacher and also enrolled in an M.A. program for secondary education. Recently the head of the Education program at my university called me and gave a piece of her mind. She wants to contact either the principal or the superintendent. Should I take her up on this offer? Need to decide soon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Physical Computational Thinking

What are some fun physical games and activities that can be used to teach computational thinking? Good topics would be algorithmic processes, graph and network theory, cryptography, boolean logic, computational problem solving, etc. These would be for beginners, but examples at any level (elementary, primary, college) are welcome.
posted by codacorolla on Jul 31, 2015 - 9 answers

How would you transform this high school IT class?

I may be inheriting a high school class that, for the past couple of years, has consisted of students obtaining certifications in Microsoft Office (see here for the framework). I'd like to transform this class, either a little at a time or in giant steps. Halp. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 31, 2015 - 16 answers

Online Economics Course Recommendation for Prospective Teacher

My friend needs to teach AP/IB Economics soon. He's already fairly familiar with many concepts, but it has been years since he's done economics and he can't do the calculations or explain finer points anymore. What online course would you suggest? It should start soon and (ideally) be able to be gone though at his own pace. It a course is not available, what resource would you recommend? Thanks!
posted by chinabound on Jul 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Chances of getting hired to teach for the upcoming school year?

I want to teach high school social studies for the upcoming (2015-2016) school year in Virginia, USA. I would have to be hired with a provisional license. How can I make this happen/what are the chances of this happening? [more inside]
posted by EmptyEmpire on Jul 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Literature with a hook for a science class?

My cousin needs ideas for a joint class she'll be teaching for a college--she teaches literature, her teaching partner teaches science. (Which science, I don't know, but she says it's not relevant and he can touch on most scientific topics to the required degree.) They need suggestions of literature--poetry, short stories, novellas, or short novels--that she can have the class read, and then he can take them through the science of it. [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 19, 2015 - 27 answers

How do I get a job as a programming teacher in a coding school?

Apart from contacting schools directly, are there effective ways of getting oneself "shopped" by recruiters or recruiting websites for this sort of position? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Jul 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Why do some novices resistant to advice & best practices?

Why do some novices disregard advice and/or best practices? What can be done to persuade them to heed general guidelines? I'm an aquarist, and repeatedly I see a significant number of people doing things that will result in the harm or death of their fish, and it's due to well known problems. Yet many novices attempt those things anyway, with predicable results. I'm trying to understand to explore what advice could be given that would change the outcome. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 9, 2015 - 22 answers

When my experience and my credential don't quite match up

I am applying for jobs where they want X years of experience with Y credential. I have the X years of experience and I have the Y credential, but not the 'with' part. How do I finesse this in my cover letters? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Exercises to improve reading comprehension for a 13-14 year old

I volunteer as an English tutor for school age children in the UK. I have recently started work with a pupil who has serious problems with reading comprehension. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Jun 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Resources for a teacher to handle bullying in her class.

An acquaintance of mine needs resources to help one of her students who is being bullied for being (apparently) LGBTQ. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jun 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Contemporary non-kids music to sing with kids

I'm a guitar- and banjo-playing first grade teacher looking for new songs to sing with my wee ones. I have a large bank of classics, but I'm interested in new to new-ish music (last 10 years, say?) that I can sing with a group of 6/7 year olds. Caveat: what I'm looking for is music for adults, or at least not specifically geared towards little kids (ie, I know about Caspar Babypants and love him but not what I'm after). [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Jun 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Will a M.A. in education be of any possible use if I ever pursue a PhD?

The M.A. isn't optional obviously if I want to continue to teach and the program is good, so that's fine. If in the future I decide to pursue graduate level studies in something related to immunology or developmental biology, will having a Master's in a mostly unrelated field give me any leg up being admitted to a decent PhD program? I'm guessing the answer is a straight "nope". The only thing I can think of is that a lab may look positively on a candidate with several years of formal teaching experience. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on May 27, 2015 - 6 answers

What to do next?

What are some alternative career paths for a person with experience in early childhood education? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on May 18, 2015 - 8 answers

In search of job interview tips for teaching ESL to adults

I have a job interview for an ESL teaching position with a US government organization in Southeast Asia. What kinds of questions will I be asked? What should I ask them? How should I prepare otherwise? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf on May 1, 2015 - 6 answers

R is for Rocket, S is for Space

Top space science influencers of today's pre-teens? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Emergency lesson plans for family literacy

It was recently sprung on me that I will be teaching not only my usual group of adult ESL students next week, but also their children. I need some ideas. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Apr 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Dramatic irony in movies and TV shows currently popular with teens?

I'm looking for examples of dramatic irony (where the audience knows something that the character doesn't know) to illustrate the concept to a 9th grade literature class. I'd prefer examples from TV shows or movies that they are likely to have seen recently, although popular books might be OK, too.
posted by bardophile on Apr 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Teaching sample: Narrow but deep or shallow but wide?

I have a job interview coming up for a community college (full-time, tenure-track) position. As part of the interview, I have been asked to do a 15-20 minute teaching demo on an assigned topic. I have a question about how to approach that assignment. [more inside]
posted by cute little Billy Henderson, age 4 on Apr 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Grass is greener? Job edition.

Considering leaving a teaching career for something completely different. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Apr 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Questions for Elem Teachers in the Tri-Cities, WA

I am thinking of moving to the Tri-Cities and as a teacher who has been teaching in the same district for way too many years I am a bit nervous about finding a new teaching position. It has been a long time since I've gone through an interview.... ;) What info and help can you offer? [more inside]
posted by OkTwigs on Apr 3, 2015 - 0 answers

Images to prompt writing

I need pictures that are funny or creative in some way, but also have several subjects/actions visible. Here's one that works really well. Here's a page with several that could work. Can you help me find more that are 6th grade appropriate and have limited/no text on them? [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Mar 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me not screw up teaching my students about p-values

I am a TA in an introductory college biology lab. Soon, I have to teach a class of mostly freshmen about t-tests and p-values in conjunction with a field experiment that they are conducting and on which they will have to write a report. I want to make sure I do this right—help me! [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Mar 25, 2015 - 14 answers

Teachers! Advice for private school interviews?

I have been invited to interview for full time teaching positions at several private (mostly Catholic) schools, in a few different states. I have substantial experience teaching in many diverse capacities in public schools, but no private. I've never attended a private school either. If you teach or have interviewed at a private school, what advice can you give? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Mar 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Books/review of high school math for former math major, current tutor

I need book recommendations two categories: 1) for myself for review (that are somewhere between high school text books and Spark notes) 2) just straight up textbooks for high school math (algebra i, geometry, algebra ii, trigonometry, pre-calculus) [more inside]
posted by miss so and so on Mar 5, 2015 - 10 answers

Demonstrating How Accommodations Help Kids on IEPs

I'm putting together a 1 hour training for new teachers who have little understanding of disabilities and how they affect teens in the classroom. Although I do annual presentations about this, I'd love to mix it up, make it more hands-on and understandable. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Intuitive odds

What are some examples that can help confused beginner-level students better understand what odds are and what they can tell us? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Feb 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Should I sign this evaluation?

I just received my annual performance review from my department chair. I'm supposed to sign and return ASAP. Complication: he never actually visited my class. Also: weird college politics. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Teaching at Boarding School Experiences

Asking for a friend. Friend is contemplating moving from teaching at a private school in New York City to a private high school or middle school way outside the city. Options include rural MA, VT, NH, CT and Upstate NY. Do you have experience teaching at one of these schools? What was it like? What positives and negatives are there about teaching and living in these areas? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 10, 2015 - 8 answers

What's your favourite suspenseful short story?

I'm creating a short story unit for my grade 12 students and so I'm looking for 5 or 6 good, suspenseful ones that will (hopefully) really pique their interest--even the ones who hate reading. [more inside]
posted by figaro on Jan 28, 2015 - 31 answers

Help me teach my undergraduate students postmodernism?

Please help me with texts, videos or visual guides to postmodernism - something my theatre students struggle to grasp every year. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick on Jan 28, 2015 - 9 answers

What is a good academic introduction to transgender theory?

I'm updating a graduate survey course in critical theory that cavasses all the main 'isms' and is quite high level. It includes readings and discussions on feminist and queer philosophies and literary theories but there is currently no section on transgender at all. I'd like to change this. What's the best academic introduction to transgender or transgender theory/politics, the position of transgender within queer theory that you've read? It needs to be scholarly but memoir or personal reflection or journalism could also be okay as further readings. Suitable for Masters students so it can be philosophical/dense/complex. Happy to hear of any ideas for readings that fall outside these requirements if you think I'm going about this the wrong way too. It would need to be a book chapter or journal article not a whole book. Thanks!
posted by JayAlfred on Jan 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Thinking of leaving teaching, realistically what else could I do?

After 6 years of abuse from admin, parents and non-stop stress I'm tempted to leave my dream career of teaching, just unsure of what I can do now? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Jan 20, 2015 - 19 answers

Netherlands Master's in education vs teaching experience in Asia, which?

I have a B.Sc in computer science and have one year of experience English using my CELTA qualification. Looking around, I see a lot of requests for people with North American B.Sc's to teach Math/Physics/CS in Asia. I'm trying to decide whether to go and start teaching, or whether it is better to get a state teaching qualification (2yr) in the Netherlands first... [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Jan 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for online games to teach older adults GUI abstraction...

Please offer your suggestions for online games with abstract GUI features which might be helpful to teach Operating System GUIs to older adults. [more inside]
posted by xtian on Jan 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Job path for a bioengineering PhD?

I need a job/career. I have a PhD in bioengineering. I spent that time analyzing brain data in Matlab. Then I got an intense programming job in Manhattan. I lasted for 10 months: It was so aversive that I worked too slowly and finally had to resign. What do you do? Do you like it? What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Becoming a Teacher in NC

Recently my partner has expressed interest in becoming a full-time public school teacher in the state of North Carolina. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2011 with a B.A. in political science and a 2.3 GPA. He has begun researching possible colleges to apply to in order to obtain the necessary teaching license, however, it is looking like most of the teaching programs have a requirement that the GPA be 2.5 or higher. Does anyone have any suggestions or know of a school with a teaching program that does not have a GPA requirement? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by elk23 on Jan 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Can an introvert fake charisma on stage?

I'm an introvert, and have made peace with that. Over the years, I've gotten much better at relaxing around people, but if I have to be honest with myself, I completely lack charisma. I'm in academia, which requires a lot of people-time: teaching, giving talks, and networking. How do I practice becoming a more engaging speaker? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Dec 14, 2014 - 21 answers

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