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.)
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.
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]
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]
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]
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!
What are real-life examples of experiences that are 'shortcuts' to accomplishing something, even though they might be very difficult because of the required intensity? For example, military training supposedly develops a kind of physical and mental discipline that would take a civilian longer to acquire. Rapid learning techniques that allow someone to learn several languages faster than most people learn one is another example. What are others?
I'm looking for a study which investigated college faculty's perception of an average student in science classrooms. [more inside]
Years ago I picked up a book at random that I thought had "Creative Education" or "Classroom" in the title, but every search I've done comes up empty. It's written by a teacher that used a stuffed bear that lived in a cave in the corner of an elementary classroom. I also recall a chapter on a 'Mr. Pen'. I'd like to find it again. [more inside]
What are some insightful well-written books or articles, academic or otherwise, on the mechanics of how we learn second-languages and anything about the application of linguistics to learning languages? [more inside]
I would like access to a supplemental resource for a textbook that I purchased, for non-school-related use, but only instructors for a course can have access. [more inside]
Quote suggestions from science fiction/fantasy books or stories related to teaching? [more inside]
Educators of MeFi, help me find some great digital learning techniques and resources. [more inside]
I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
How best to learn Spanish for a three week vacation in Argentina? [more inside]
I need help finding statistics on the effectiveness of various teaching methods. [more inside]
To what extent is it useful to apply dog training techniques to teaching people? [more inside]
My cups of tea teach me things. Can the carpets, or the plates, or the cushions? [more inside]
First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
What are some techniques to help reluctant adult learners and technophobes (read: my parents) become more confident and want to use things? Or, if not, what are some good ways to help them help themselves? [more inside]
How can I make my email class into an alternate reality game for my students? [more inside]
Can you suggest a good television series (preferably with available English subtitles) for people learning English? [more inside]
How can I become an awesome English teacher to a foreign child? [more inside]
Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact? [more inside]
I'd like to learn about jobs that involve working intensively, one-on-one, with preschool or elementary-aged kids, to help them learn or develop. But, I have so many constraints that I'm not sure any role fits. Could you point me to any possibilities? [more inside]
Help my brother sing songs with kindergartners as part of his student teaching curriculum [more inside]
"Best" and "worst" experiences involving grammar and learning grammar? I think we were asked to write this to increase empathy, but I can't think of anything with any emotional weight, so I thought I'd ask for your experiences. Please answer especially if you had a difficult time with grammar. [more inside]
I'm looking for software or a website that let's you easily create interactive lessons. [more inside]
I've just recently started teaching music & I want to do a good job not just teaching the technical aspects, but really getting at musicality. What were your "aha" moments when you were learning music & how do you think you could produce those same flashes of insight in someone else? [more inside]
What are some really great "learn by example" music tutorial websites? [more inside]
I'm trying to organize a series of classes based on a collaborative learning environment, but I need some information about how a non-hierarchical classroom could actually work. [more inside]
I've been asked to look after two work experience kids (young teens) for the coming two weeks to experience and learn what I.T. is all about. What tasks can I give them that will educate and enlighten them while not killing my productivity? [more inside]
What book(s) can I read to help me be a better teacher of technology? [more inside]
Other than Yahoo Groups, can you recommend something like it--a virtual classroom--that I can use to conduct an e-class with assignments etc. Thank you!
How can a 20-year old attend computer camp? [more inside]
Help me help someone with literacy problems. [more inside]
How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
Piano Drill Books. Not very sexy, though always a highly practical tool for learning an instrument. This time its piano -- what do you have laying around?
(similar: here, here, here) [more inside]