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Toolbelt for the Tech Savvy Teacher

Help! I need a toolbelt-like sling or sash that I can wear in my classroom, to hold a tablet, pens and pencils, and a remote or two. Preferably something that doesn't look ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Aug 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Distance learning classroom/blackboard software?

What kind of software (client side or server side) exists for simple distance learning? In other words, two or three people are online with headsets or webcams and there is a canvas area where we can place images, write, and draw freehand as we talk. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Aug 12, 2014 - 5 answers

$250 worth of classroom awesomeness.

I have been given a $250 stipend to spend on classroom materials. I have no idea what to buy. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Aug 11, 2014 - 21 answers

How can I make my cinder block classroom cozy?

My first grade classroom looks slightly like a (colorful) prison. It is white painted cinder block. It has three big windows with blinds and most of the furniture is kind of dilapidated. There are fluorescent lights. I have a few houseplants and even had a friend build some colorful curtains for the cubbies and cabinets, but I can't seem to kick the institutional feel. It also smells sort of weird. What are some of the make or break elements that make a space feel cozy, homey, livable? Especially for a child-friendly place.
posted by mermily on Jun 13, 2014 - 18 answers

I need digital video footage of real K-12 teaching for an online program

I know that a lot of things have changed since I asked a similar question several years ago, including the parameters of the project. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Feb 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Awesome lessons in college writing?

What really great activities, exercises or lessons do you remember from your undergrad-level writing or composition courses? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Jan 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Ideas for Noisemakers to Get the Attention of a Loud Classroom

Hey folks! I am a high school biology teacher in Chicago Public Schools. I am trying to find a small, creative noisemaker I can use as a signal to get the class to quiet down so I can give instructions. Some teachers raise their hands - however, this doesn't really work when they are busy peering through microscopes. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Oct 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Ideas for graduate student discussion sessions

I have recently entered into a master's program at a top school in my field. Student-led discussions are a popular classroom tool here as a way of making the discussion less "top-down" and integrating students' professional experience into the conversation. However, these student-led discussions have also been known to "fall flat", and unproductive discussions are the most common complaint in class evaluations. [more inside]
posted by cobro on Sep 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a 10+ year old book about a stuffed bear in a classroom cave

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]
posted by lysdexic on Aug 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Was this punishment over the line?

Last week, my son (9 years old) was punished by his teacher (for trying to elbow his way back into a lineup). The punishment: the teacher made my son stand in the same spot for 1 hour (the duration of the class). I think this type of punishment is over the line, and I'm pretty angry about it. Am I over-reacting? [more inside]
posted by thisclickableme on Feb 17, 2013 - 57 answers

Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever!

Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever… with a budget of $200. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Nov 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Does anyone remember "U Film"?

Does anyone remember U-Film? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Oct 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Reading to a classroom

Book suggestions for reading to my child's grade three class. [more inside]
posted by njk on Oct 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Goggle Sanitation on the Cheap

How do I build a UV sanitizing goggle cabinet? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Aug 26, 2012 - 10 answers

I need a classroom!

My fundraising training class has taken off. I started teaching four weeks ago and now I have been asked to teach two more modules. Problem is one is in London. I would like to find a place to lead a fundraising training on consecutive Sundays in Watford between Watford High Street, Watford Junction and Watford Tube starting in September. Anyone have any ideas or alternatives I should consider? My classes are action learning so there are only handouts and homework not overheads.
posted by parmanparman on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Help find a cite for a study

Can anyone help find a cite for a study? I think I heard about it on the radio at some point. It was a study that recorded classrooms - I think high school - and then talked about how much classroom time was spent on girls' discussion and questions and how much on boys. It also surveyed student/teacher perceptions of the time spent, and had a follow-up component where teachers tried to even out the time. Thanks in advance!
posted by kavasa on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

How to use a desktop pc as a hub for laptops to share a projector?

Can I use a desktop PC connected to a projector as a hub for laptops to present their screens on demand? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Apr 25, 2012 - 8 answers

40 minutes to better Google-fu

Seeking activities, tutorials or resources designed to impart academically-oriented Google skills. Bonus points: fun? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Don't step on the helium!

Best way to paint a floor that gets a lot of traffic? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jan 10, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity.

I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Sep 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me make a classroom mix for my 3rd graders!

I need music to focus, yet stimulate young minds. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Sep 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Creating an audio/video recording studio in a school

As part of a larger project, I'm building a $3,500-$5,000 audio/video recording studio on a school campus. It isn't a ton of money, but it should be enough to do some interesting things. What would you do with this budget? [more inside]
posted by xorowo on Aug 9, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I be a better teacher to these kinds of students?

Were you one of these archetypal students? How did your teachers help you self regulate, control impulses, and overall become more self-aware? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 1, 2011 - 27 answers

How can a great classroom teacher find a geat job not in the classroom?

Where can someone who cares about children, especially those who are disadvantaged orwith special needs find a job outside of the classroom? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Apr 8, 2011 - 5 answers

PGP for kids video ?

I am quite interested in finding a video I saw a year or two ( scratches head ) ago where a class room (possibly as young as six) of kids were taught how PGP works with construction paper. It got me to my understanding and I need to share it with others as it was memorable for being so good at it . I will now go and help someone else to pay for not bookmarking it . . . Google is giving me nothing
posted by epjr on Apr 7, 2011 - 5 answers

What should we charge to teach a class?

My small IT services firm is being asked to bid for a contract for an ongoing MS Office training class. What is the going rate for this sort of training? [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on Mar 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Inhomogenous classroom.

Have you ever been in a (college-level) class with students very different in abilities ? What did the instructor do right / wrong? Also, what are good tips on keeping people engaged when teaching them on a block schedule (8*45mins training a day)? [more inside]
posted by mathemagician on Feb 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Help my students see!

The lecture section of my Human Bio class is in a roughly 25x50 ft computer lab. The class is packed, I barely have enough seats for everyone, and better than half of my students can't see what is going on in the front of the classroom. Help me modify my teaching style and technology so my whole class can see my notes, videos etc. [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Feb 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Give me apps for AP.

What can a high school AP English teacher use an iPad for in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Feb 8, 2011 - 13 answers

A fun laptop based activity for Gr. 3/4s?

Teacher advice: Looking for a fun/educational activity to do with a grade 3/4 class that can be completed in less than a day. We have 10 laptops and wifi connectivity. [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Jan 27, 2011 - 1 answer

Classroom games?

Looking for classroom game resources (Especially for kids ages 5-7) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 10, 2010 - 4 answers

How do you keep your class in order?

TeacherFilter: What kinds of rules and policies do you include in your classroom management plan for secondary science education? Either for specific circumstances (a cell phone policy) or in general (be respectful). [more inside]
posted by kro on Sep 21, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I keep my students busy?

Calling all teachers! (or people with great ideas!) Any suggestions for activities I can have students do who finish their work early? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Sep 13, 2010 - 34 answers

What movies inspired you as a youngster?

Seeking suggestions for inspirational short films or videos appropriate for teens. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jul 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Best science books to be cut up to make classroom posters?

Anybody know of a science book that has large colour pictures that can be cut up to make posters for a classroom?
posted by starrjenny on Jul 17, 2010 - 12 answers

The laptop just ate my exam.

"Mandatory laptop" in college. How do deal with exams? [more inside]
posted by bluefrog on Mar 14, 2010 - 27 answers

Do I really want to read my prof's Music blog?

What uses of blogs and technology have you seen in undergraduate classes that didn't feel tacked on or useless? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jan 11, 2010 - 18 answers

What education-themed webapp should I build?

What education-themed webapp should I build? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Oct 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Quotes for a science classroom wall

I'm looking for good quotations about science (particularly physics) and education that are suitable for the wall of a secondary school (ages 11-18) classroom. [more inside]
posted by alby on Sep 28, 2009 - 21 answers

How can I control an out-of-control classroom?

Controlling classroom behavior: Theory/practice? More inside! [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Can you help me bring a student in line?

How do I discipline a student that doesn't care about detention? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2009 - 38 answers

What were those Hoffy papers?

Does anyone remember Hoffy papers? Obscure elementary-school learning machine memory (pre-1980 edition) ... [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Apr 30, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me illustrate Positive Behavior Support with example from cinema or television

Help me find movie clips to illustrate concepts of Positive Behavior Support, such as empathy, assertive communication, and avoiding or otherwise resolving power struggles. Other Positive Behavior Support or Behavior Modification Strategies concepts illustrations from popular movies also welcome. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Apr 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Action Research Video Footage?

Designing an action research class for teachers and need lots and lots of footage of real classroom activity. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Mar 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Laptop and projector need to play together nicely.

Managing a projector with a laptop at a different resolution. The short: classroom training sessions with a Dell laptop hooked up to a projector is giving me some issues, looking for advice on how to rectify the situation. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Mar 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Where can I find the clip of Andy Hurley on Cable in the Classroom?

Where can I find the clip of Andy Hurley on the safe sex Cable in the Classroom speical on MTV last night? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Nov 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Make my office supplies last longer.

How can I stretch office/classroom supplies? Where can I order cheap office supplies? Any hacks to avoid buying the real stuff (e.g., instead of buying glue, mix flour and water together)? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Sep 1, 2008 - 45 answers

Want to go back to school for photography

Where can I take a classroom photography course in Merrimack Valley (MA) or southern NH? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Aug 25, 2008 - 2 answers

What charity project shall I support?

I'd like to donate a sum of money to a charity project, preferably an educational one, but I need some advice on which one to choose. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Aug 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Your favorite routines from elementary school?

When you or your kids were in elementary school, what were some of the daily/weekly routines or activities you or your children enjoyed and/or appreciated most? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Aug 12, 2008 - 31 answers

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