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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

Seeking advice about teaching maths

I'm interested in teaching high school students mathematics through a tutoring agency. I have the required experience in mathematics, but very little in teaching. This doesn't seem to be a massive problem for many tutoring agencies, but I want to know: do you have any specific tips/advice about teaching mathematics? And more broadly, any advice about applying for and going to work for a tutoring agency? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Nov 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for resources on teaching consent

I'm looking for resources, not just articles, about teaching "consent" and body awareness and boundaries for kids at all ages and stages. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Nov 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Online Teaching Ideas and Resources

I teach English and Humanities classes at a community college. Because of scheduling issues, half of my course load has moved to online classes. I am seeking recommendations for activities, assignments, best practices, and resources that people have either a) used in their own online teaching or b) experienced as a student in an online class. What worked for you? What kept the students engaged and learning? What kept you from wanting to gnaw off your own leg to escape the tedium? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Nov 25, 2014 - 5 answers

How to help a conflict-avoidant, quiet, uncommunicative student

What can a teacher do to help a conflict-avoidant, quiet, uncommunicative student be successful? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Nov 11, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I be a better teacher to international students?

I am an American university professor in a social science at a research 1 university. In the past decade or so, at my university (and all universities that I've worked at) there has been a huge influx of international students, especially from Asia. My current undergrad classes are between 50-75% "English language learners." There are a lot of challenges in teaching these students and I'm looking for some concrete advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2014 - 26 answers

Accessible, development-critical media

I'm looking for engaging videos (or websites, or accessible articles) that are critical of international development practices like voluntourism, etc. Humor is a bonus. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Nov 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me be a great Primary School substitute teacher!

How do I become a great Primary School sub? I am looking for great lesson ideas that don't take a lot of prep and can be ready on short notice, lessons that work in various age groups, ideas for activities and games, and classroom management ideas... and any other great mefite advice! [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

How to become a community college instructor with an MS in Ecology

I'm working on my masters degree in ecology and I'm exploring the idea of teaching at the community college level once I graduate. What should I be doing over the next 1-2 years before graduation to keep that option open and position myself to succeed if I decide to go down that path? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Nov 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for: good short films to stimulate discussion in adult ESL class

I teach English in Spain and would like to incorporate some conversation stimulating short films in my adult classes. [more inside]
posted by maca on Oct 27, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I develop emotional resilience, in a teaching context?

As a graduate teacher assigned to a difficult class, I felt like the students were personally attacking me. The general advice given to me was "Don't let it get to you" or even "Don't let it show if it does". How do you do that? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me not fuck up this job interview.

I have a job interview Tuesday morning for a part-time, college-level language teaching job. I want the job, I'd be good at it, and I have experience teaching this subject. But I have literally zero experience with job interviews. Fellow Mefites, please share your interview wisdom generally, and specifically, help me come up with (a) a list of questions to be ready for and (b) some questions to ask on my part. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Oct 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me make this job decision with my BRAIN.

I've just been offered an awesome job! But I feel terrified at the prospect of quitting my current job. How do make myself feel okay about leaving a job that often isn't very good for me? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Oct 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Advice on whether to go into teaching high school science

Hello. I'm hoping that some current or retired teachers may be able to provide some advice. Extended background information included. I'm not asking for folks to tell me what to do but I'd love some opinions from educators. Thanks so much. [more inside]
posted by guyarcher on Oct 2, 2014 - 27 answers

I'm considering applying for a part-time PhD in Education. Am I crazy?

I am currently a high-school science teacher in the UK. I have recently had the crazy idea of pursuing a PhD in Education, part-time (and online) at a prestigious university (ranked top-5 in the world overall, if you are one to listen to rankings), while I continue my work as a teacher. [more inside]
posted by marcusesses on Oct 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Can I get students to sit closer to the front of a large lecture hall?

I often teach in university lecture halls that have many more seats than there are students. Invariably, the students will fill the rows farthest from me, the professor. I think it sets up a very weird and distanced dynamic between us, but I don't know how or if I can fix it. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Oct 1, 2014 - 27 answers

I will begin teaching English for the first time this week. Any tips?

I will teach my first class ever this week, am nervous and looking for advice! [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs on Sep 27, 2014 - 8 answers

How To find readings in the "How To" genre?

I am teaching a First-Year Composition course and we're heading into a unit in which students will write a "how to" or process essay. I'm looking for recommendations for readings that might go along with this unit. What readings can you recommend -- either essays, articles, or short fiction -- that are "how to"/process essays, or that use this format? [more inside]
posted by dryad on Sep 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Advice on teaching art to 6 year old

My brother decided to home school his six year old daughter. He asked me to help teach her art classes... via FaceTime. Questions below! [more inside]
posted by catrae on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Engaging videos for introducing globalization with undergrads?

Do you know of an engaging 3-6 minute video that introduces or gets student thinking about issues of globalization (for undergrads)? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 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

Professors, teachers, academics: Give me your work tips!

Fellow teacher types, what have you started doing lately that's making your work time more effective? I teach discussion-based and somewhat writing-intensive college courses (think freshman-level Sociology, not English Comp.) and have spent way too much time grading, and especially procrastinating on grading. I want this semester to be different! [more inside]
posted by quixotictic on Sep 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Annotating slides during presentations

I'm teaching in large classrooms where the blackboard isn't visible from the back rows. I'd like to draw and write on slides while they are being projected. Saving the annotated slides for later distribution would be nice. I'm using a macbook and am thinking about buying a Wacom tablet. What hardware/software/technique combination works for this? [more inside]
posted by meijusa on Sep 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Teaching on the sly

Music teaching n00b filter. I now have a tablet with ear training software I use in lessons and discovered the kids quite automatically pick up terms like "minor second" which I hadn't dreamt about teaching them yet. Just as they're in the app. Then when they're stuck on a melody on their instrument I say "go up a minor second here" and it works. Holy interval, batman! What are similar ways you use to teach musical concepts without being all obvious about it? Would it be correct to classify this as active/experiental learning and what are your favourite resources? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Sep 11, 2014 - 2 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

Creating classroom exercises for Grad students

I am a first time teaching assistant and the professor that I am working with has asked me to create or come up with interactive classroom activities. I am not sure how to go about this. Are there any resources anyone can recommend to me? The topic is health equity and the class is for masters of public health students. The topic for this class is ‘theories and framework; oppressive Institutions’. Students will identify one article which links to the criminal justice system, or the educational or housing systems (including segregation or redlining) to a health outcome. Naturally students could be group based on the systems they are analyzing, discuss in small groups, and report back to the larger class. Any other ideas? We will be focusing a lot on the social determinants of health. I did a quick google search looking for a webinar or pdf with no real luck. Most of the links I found were defunct. I have pasted the topics I was hoping to find information on. [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Sep 7, 2014 - 9 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

Blackboard Jungle

Can this class be saved? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Sep 4, 2014 - 13 answers

I need a(nother) job title

I am an academic in a small program at an Australian university. My official title is Senior Lecturer. The head of our research group would like me to come up with an extra role description/job title for myself to encapsulate the responsibilities I take on within our group. I have two main responsibilities: building research connections and collaborations across different departments in the university, and developing our new MA programme. With that in mind, what could an appropriate title be? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 3, 2014 - 13 answers

How to teach, tutor, or sub in Cincinnati, Ohio

I'm a part-time freelance copywriter trying to figure out how I can quit my full-time retail job and piece together work that is more related to writing. [more inside]
posted by bookishandbelle on Sep 1, 2014 - 7 answers

What is your favorite definition of science?

I've heard some great quotations from famous scientists that succinctly embody the nuances and beauty of the practice of science. I'm teaching high school science for the first time (starting tomorrow! eek!) and I'm looking for some good examples to share with my students. What are your favorite quotations on the subject? How do you personally define the practice of science? Thanks!
posted by garuda on Aug 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Are there any lawsuits against Teach for America?

I'm researching Teach for America as an organization, and I was wondering if there are any lawsuits against them by former corps members currently in the works.
posted by Kombucha3452 on Aug 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Seeking texts (any medium) on online representation/digital subcultures

I'm applying to teach an honors-level composition course with a theme of online self-representations and virtual communities. What are some cool texts (in any media) that I can show my students to get them thinking about different aspects of this theme? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen on Aug 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Teach me to teach an adult to tie his shoelaces!

My SO is in his thirties and has never really learnt to tie his shoelaces properly. How do I teach him? [more inside]
posted by Sarah Lund's Jumper on Aug 17, 2014 - 38 answers

Road scholar

Let's say you have a kid - 10-15 years old, so maybe grades 5-10 - and you decide to pull them out of school for a year. During that time, you are going to drive around the United States with the goal of learning, in an authentic way, as much as possible about American history, culture, and geography. Where do you go, and what do you read? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Aug 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Creating a music map of London for students

How can I use an ordnance survey map plus some pins/string/labels to make a Music map of London for my secondary school classroom without it taking a lot of time and effort? [more inside]
posted by Lotto on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 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

Timing a teaching application?

I am a high school teacher with multiple certification areas. For a couple of reasons, I'd like to get a job at another school, and there are two positions open there, one in each of my certification areas. However, I significantly prefer one position over the other. The position I do not prefer closes today, and the position I prefer closes in a week. Both would be better than where I am now. I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by marylucycraft on Jul 24, 2014 - 6 answers

What Would Be In Your Best High School English Class?

I'm teaching high school-level English next year for students who need a high level of academic support and I want the class to be both highly engaging and content-rich. If you were a kid who LOATHED writing for school, struggled with boring English classes, or can remember what elements you truly enjoyed in your high school English class, what advice would you pass my way? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jul 17, 2014 - 46 answers

how can I kindly reject PhD students?

I have just begun as an assistant professor in the humanities at a prestigious university, and I am getting more emails from prospective PhD candidates than I can handle, gracefully or otherwise. I am presently a total n00b (read: incompetent at my job) and can't realistically take more than one a year. But I have no idea how to deal with these emails. Any suggestions on how to handle them, from anyone in similar but wiser positions? Agonized details below. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Jun 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Child reading books in the summer

Hi, My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Tedium, tedii, tedio

I'm teaching a three-hour daily intensive college Latin class. Help me come up with ideas to relieve the mind-numbing boredom of endless drills and "The queen sent the letter to the citizens"-type sentences. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Jun 20, 2014 - 16 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

Lesson plan ideas for the last few days of school (in China)

Exams are done, grades are submitted, and we still have class? Yeah, I have up to 6 45-minute periods left with my grade 10 and 11 students next week that I would rather not fill with nothing but movies. I need ideas for something else to do with ~35 Chinese teenagers. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Jun 14, 2014 - 12 answers

What are the current important cultural touchstones of 11-13 yr olds?

I teach a summer camp, and on the first day we hand out a list of questions and have the students interview each other one-on-one as an ice-breaker. We do it very quickly, so simple questions are the best. What are some things that a group of 11-13 yr olds (mostly girls) are likely to have an opinion on? Thanks!
posted by velebita on Jun 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Can I renew my CA teaching credential if I've been teaching in AZ?

I have a clear California teaching credential that I want to renew this year. However, I currently reside in Arizona. Double however, it's likely that my wife and I will be returning to California within the next five years and I don't want to go through the reciprocity process again. Can I simply renew the CA credential? It looks like the process requires a recommendation from a "sponsoring agency" which I would assume is the county Office of Education. What do I do if I'm not living in CA? Can my district in Arizona "recommend" me? Thanks!
posted by john the fourth on May 29, 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

Python or Processing for first year design students?

What language should I teach design students to program in: Python or Processing? [more inside]
posted by signal on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

I need suggestions for games (video or otherwise) for large groups

I teach MBAs entrepreneurship, but also do research on video games. I was thinking of creating an entirely optional night session (maybe with drinks) that would focus on playing games that would be fun and maybe include teachable moments for 15-30 students. I was thinking of starting with Space Team, and then doing an improv game around crazy business pitches, but I am looking for other ideas. The games need to be easy to play with large groups (or small teams off a large group), be high energy, not be inappropriate for grad students, and have some sort of vague businesses point (improvisation, teamwork, leadership, dealing with ambiguity, etc.). Any ideas?
posted by blahblahblah on May 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking a quote that likens learning to read to an acrobatic task

Asking for a Montessori teacher friend: Can anyone help me find a quote about learning to read? It likens the task of reading to an acrobatic task. I can't remember the origin and haven't been able to come up with a single clue. It's just the perfect way to sum up the "reading process system" which is a boring way to say all the stuff that happens in your brain when you read. I need it for a reading workshop on Saturday. Thanks!
posted by librarina on Apr 30, 2014 - 1 answer

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