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How to donate teaching supplies

A family member is retiring from a decades long teaching career. They'd like to donate the large collection of teaching material that they've accumulated over the years. How can they do this efficiently and to places and teachers who need the items. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Nov 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Premodern University Teaching, also convents etc. - History of Pedagogy

How did premodern universities, schools, convents, etc., work? This question is a bit confused as in formulating it I realized I was confused, but I will do my best! It came up when I was reading a fantasy novel and the novel was clearly "the author went to 20th century American college and just retrojected that on his imaginary medieval world." But what was it really like? I'm looking for the history of teaching, I think, and not just in universities. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Information about "mastery-based" courses in mathematics?

My department is interested in transitioning to a "mastery-based" precalculus class at the college level. The basic idea is that students would be allowed (somehow) to work at their own pace, and success in the class would be by demonstrating mastery of most of the material (80%?). Somehow. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of teaching, in any discipline? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Nov 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Dubiousness AND Non-Dubiousness Sought

My 7th graders need to learn how to fact check on the internet in a productive way. So what researchable (fairly) low-controversy examples (both true and false - I want a mix) could they fact check in a short amount of time? This list has some examples of what I'm looking for, though some are not 7th grade appropriate. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Nov 13, 2016 - 30 answers

Google Classroom Explainer Pointers Please

On Tuesday I have been asked to speak for 45 minutes about Google Classroom to some teachers from the vocational high school who are not very technical with computers (though they are in other ways). I have the weekend to put something together that is not too granular but covers the basics. I have a login for our local instance and would like to learn the basics in an efficient way. Are there resources other than the basic ones on Google that would be useful? Maybe some Ed Tech resources I might not know about? Thanks for pointers, personal experiences also welcome. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Nov 11, 2016 - 15 answers

Activism (or just action) for high school students in the US

What programs, field trips, organisations, or anything else can highschoolers get involved in to take the power back from old white men? My friend is a high school teacher in a majority non-white school in New York, and in her words "I want to give my students knowledge and action (and if possible, a sense that maybe not every person in this country hates them)". [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Nov 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Have MATESOL. Will travel. Help me find some resources to find a job.

I want to teach English to adults abroad. I have a Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and about two years of experience teaching ESL in the US to adults. The big issue I’m finding as I’m looking is that a lot of jobs to be geared towards people who don’t have the qualifications or experience I do. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Nov 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Books about teaching?

What are the "must have" essential books on teaching? Not necessarily about classroom management or working with kids, but about connecting with students (children or adults), helping them process and retain information and build understanding particularly when it is voluntary learning (i.e. there are no grades involved.)
posted by roaring beast on Oct 24, 2016 - 11 answers

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 - 13 answers

The Middle Ages: This Time With Things That ACTUALLY Happened

I need some cool resources for topics relating to the Middle Ages (Europe for now, but soon Japan, northern Africa, the Middle East, etc.) that are appropriate for middle schoolers (11-13 years old, decently diverse with lots of students with special needs). Here's the catch: I would really like sources that DON'T propagate myths about the middle ages (burning witches, world is flat, church put scientists on trial, etc.) AND are interesting. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Oct 18, 2016 - 19 answers

teaching english in japan as a parent

In Japan, is teaching english compatible with family life? would I ever see my children if I did that for a living? [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Oct 17, 2016 - 8 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

When and how to tell my school that I'm leaving?

I am a high school science teacher. Next summer, I am leaving my current school so my family can move back to my childhood home town. I was planning to inform my current school's administration in January-ish, but it's getting harder to avoid telling them without lying, or causing them to waste resources, which I'd rather not do. On Monday, I'm in on a meeting specifically about plans for next year that will probably involve me and require my input. Help! What should I do and when should I do it? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Oct 1, 2016 - 15 answers

How to encourage a student who isn't improving?

I have a student in a one-on-one situation who takes a while to get new math concepts. We can go for an hour without any real improvement. She appears frustrated, though, when probed, she'll just make a joke and not discuss it directly. How can I balance investing myself in her progress while only displaying encouragement and positive feedback?
posted by Jon44 on Sep 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Teaching someone to read sheet music over Skype

I may soon find myself teaching a good friend how to read sheet music over Skype. Mostly for singing, as friend doesn't own any instruments. He can carry a tune reasonably well, but he has no idea how printed symbols correspond to notes, rhythms, sounds, etc. Good resources, esp. practice exercises? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Sep 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Activities for an ELA intervention class?

Hey teacherfilter! Thanks for helping me get a public school job. Now I need your advice more than ever... [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Sep 12, 2016 - 4 answers

I can do this ... right?

Help me get used to a teacher lifestyle! [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Sep 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Career transition resume help for teacher

I am an elementary school teacher who is considering a career change. Can you help me revamp my resume? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox on Sep 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Helping Beginner English Language Learners learn World History

This year I will be co-teaching a class of English Language Learners world history (from roughly 15th century China through the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, 20th century etc.) The majority of our class will have some proficiency in English, but we recently learned that a small group will be beginner ELLs with almost no knowledge of English. How can we best help these newcomers learn English and acclimate them to their new home, teach them some world history, and also support the majority of our students with different needs? [more inside]
posted by callistus on Aug 31, 2016 - 2 answers

Career transition ideas for a teacher

Public health, health informatics, health administration, human computer interaction, educational technology, and user experience design...these are a few of my fa-vor-ite thiiings! I'm a teacher who's considering a career switch. Can you help me think this through? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox on Aug 22, 2016 - 9 answers

How to teach books?

Help me be as good a (low-level, ESL) literature teacher as I can! [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Aug 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Mid life career crisis - help!

I'm a teacher who doesn't want to teach anymore. I have a journalism degree and straight out of college I worked in PR for a few years. I've been trying to get back to PR for a while, but it's not working. Maybe I'm too old or maybe my experience is outdated in the eyes of employees. Is there anything I can do to offset this, or am I doomed to be an unhappy teacher for the rest of my working life? [more inside]
posted by specialsnowflake on Aug 9, 2016 - 12 answers

How to get a teaching job?

Couple of masters degrees, experience. How to be a teacher/professor now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2016 - 18 answers

What career path when you've failed alternative teaching certification?

In a previous question, I mentioned an opportunity that would help me change my life and give me the security to make a decision on the abusive relationship I've been in. That was alternative teacher certification, but I am pretty sure I just failed training and won't be allowed to get a license. What types of jobs or solutions might there be for me now? [more inside]
posted by Fire on Aug 7, 2016 - 20 answers

Seeking Creative Writing Instructor job.

Which job sites can I use to find Creative Writing Instructor positions?
posted by Ready2016 on Jul 29, 2016 - 7 answers

Teaching the visual language of user interfaces to novices

I'm looking for resources that explicitly lay out what probably has a more technical name but what I think of as the generalized visual language of most modern UIs (especially as pertaining to web design). My goal is training computer-illiterate/technophobic people to be able to recognize common UI elements across multiple websites and applications. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jul 7, 2016 - 12 answers

What Can I Accomplish in Two Months?

I'm a Boston-area high school teacher and for the first time in many years, I'm not working summer school. This means I have NOTHING I have to do for the next two months. I want the time to be relatively productive as well as very relaxing. What types of activities/hobbies/skills can a person pick up in two months? [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes on Jun 26, 2016 - 28 answers

How to make my students read or listen to foreign language materials

I teach teenagers ESL. I've been building a small library including graphic novels and books (The Stonekeeper, American born Chinese, Anya's ghost, Frankenstein makes a sandwich, In real life, The cartoon guides, Adrian Mole, Klutz book of inventions etc. - even drawing manuals) but also DVDS (Simpsons, Futurama, Father ted, Flight of the Conchords, Amandla, Secret of Kells...) and Cds (Elizabeth mitchell, They might be giants, Jack Johnson, The rutles...). [more inside]
posted by nicolin on May 19, 2016 - 17 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

The most important thing to know about teaching asynchronously online?

You guys helped me a lot when I went to teach my in-person undergrad class at a local college. Now I am teaching a graduate level class which is online and asynchronous (a six week "intensive" three credit class about tools for library advocacy). If you had one piece of advice for someone who was new to teaching grad school online to make the most out of it, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on May 6, 2016 - 11 answers

What made your teaching demonstration successful?

What can I do in 30 minutes to demonstrate my teaching skills in an unfamiliar context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2016 - 6 answers

CBEST in show

I would like to apply to earn my California Teaching Credentials, but a checkered history of past transgressions may disqualify me. Worth it to try anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Should I ask to postpone this job interview?

I've started applying to school jobs that start next fall because I am on maternity leave until then. Not knowing how long the interview processes would take, I got started before the baby arrived. Now that she's here I'm getting requests for interviews and I'm not sure if I'm ready to take them! Some slightly TMI details inside. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Apr 27, 2016 - 13 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

programming/curriculum design resources

I have the opportunity to pitch a film screening/discussion series at a local music school where I take classes. I have no idea how to craft a pitch or put together a program of this sort. How do I begin? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Apr 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Best Resources to Teach a 6 Year Old to Read?

I'm entirely new to teaching young kids to read and wondered what the best materials are to go over the basics (phonics, letter formation, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Mar 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Advice on how to deal with failure? I lost my job due to depression.

I took a job in Mexico as an English teacher. Between dealing with culture shock and homesickness, moving away from my boyfriend, a major depressive episode, anxiety and panic, physical health issues, and experiencing an extreme trauma (was raped right before Christimas break)... well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best semester. I was just told that I will not be asked back next year. I was not planning on returning, but my self-esteem has taken a huge hit. How do I move forward after such an awful failure? [more inside]
posted by chocolatespaghetti on Mar 6, 2016 - 10 answers

I think I may need to offer my head up for hunting...

I'm a writer and former academic with a diverse skill set. I'm looking to make a major career transition, but am unsure how to find the kinds of jobs that I believe would be professionally satisfying to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Good news: I know I want to teach. Bad-ish news: Which route do I take?

I am an editor and writer with a BA and an MA. I've been accepted to at least one of the PhD in rhetoric/communication programs I've applied to—and fully funded (albeit with a limited stipend, but that's to be expected). If I decide to go, I start this fall. However, I can't shake the feeling that maybe I want to be teaching high school language arts. But do I really? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Mar 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Was my son's teacher out of line?

My son is a freshman in high school. During American History class he complained about the Tea Party Libertarians hijacking the "don't tread on me" flag. (We have an unpleasant tea partier in the family who has certainly influenced my son's thinking.) His teacher responded by printing out this chart for him. My son wasn't sure what to make of it and brought it home for me. I'm not sure what to make of it either. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Feb 24, 2016 - 37 answers

What do I do with my life?

I'm 22, I have an AA degree, and I'm currently substitute teaching and tutoring, but need a long-term, higher-paying job. I have bounced from idea to idea (schoolteacher, tutor, professor, pharmacist, accountant), but no careers seem to fit me and/or be reachable. Here is what I have tried and discovered so far: [more inside]
posted by drd on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

What would you expect in a proofreading class?

I've recently been recruited to teach in a graphic design vocational program, and what they've given me to teach is a module on proofreading. Sixty hours on proofreading. I taught one class this evening and can see that I'm going to have to pad this out – but with what? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Feb 17, 2016 - 14 answers

Life and career after teaching?

I have been a high school English teacher for 12 years. I have mostly loved my job and have been proud of my work. I have strong connections with my students, some of which have spanned a decade. However... The past few years in public education have been challenging for all of the wrong reasons (testing, indecisive admin, unprofessional colleagues). [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Feb 4, 2016 - 14 answers

Finding high interest / low reading level books

Does anyone have any suggestions for what books I could get for this student? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Jan 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Second career teaching high school computer technology in NY State?

What is the best path for someone in NY State with a Master's degree in Computer Science to get certified to teach computer technology in high school? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Jan 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Tool or software for comparing weekly schedules of a group?

I need an efficient way to break a class into teams based on schedules. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jan 8, 2016 - 1 answer

Technical writing teachers: pedagogy resources and general advice

I taught college English for years, then transitioned to technical editing, where I've been working for almost two decades. I'd love to get back to teaching, but I thought it would be impossible. Now a friend of mine thinks my experience makes me a strong candidate for an upcoming opening as a teacher in his department. More inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Dec 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Feminist philosophy conceptual question

I'm trying to put together a reading list for an introductory philosophy of feminism class, and there's a concept that I can't articulate well enough to find any readings on! Recommendations? Concept inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Dec 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Songs That Teach Something

I'm looking for songs along the theme of teaching -- the only example I can think of right now is "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music... Not finding Google helpful so far. There must be more! Any type of music is fair game.
posted by trillian on Dec 1, 2015 - 24 answers

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