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In a rut or time for change? Careerchange filter with art dream caveat

I started in Montessori Preschool education a little over 6 years ago right out of college and I LOVE it... except I don't. Working in the confines of a school is getting really physically and emotionally taxing, especially since my life has done a 180 Snowflakes-> [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Apr 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Help me think of ecological & botanical demos that are kinda magical.

I have been told to lead a nature walk & workshop for a Girl Scout event that has a "magic" theme. This will be in the Pacific Northwest in a coniferous-riparian setting, and these are 7-17 year old girls. Yeah, I know. that's a broad range of ages. That's why I need your help. I'm a botanist. EVERYTHING sciency and outside is magical to me, so I'm hoping to make a list of very quick (<5 minute) demos with things found outside that have a big impact or are somehow surprising to a non-science audience. I'd like to avoid the pointing-and-telling kind of nature activity - I want these concepts to show themselves off somehow. Apparently I'll be doing this multiple times throughout the year so seasonality doesn't matter. [more inside]
posted by bravecanary on Apr 26, 2016 - 27 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

Nursing Schools Internationally

I'm looking into going to nursing school in a few years and I'm trying to understand what the options are internationally. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Apr 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Why would or wouldn't a state legislature support public radio?

Some states provide zero funding to their public radio stations (either directly or via state education funds like, to colleges) while others give a lot (last year, Georgia gave public radio almost 15-million dollars). Who decides, the legislature or the voters, whether or not to support public radio in a state?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 8, 2016 - 4 answers

What do colleges look at for dance major admission and scholarship?

If someone wants to major in dance and even try for a scholarship, what are they looking at most? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 8, 2016 - 6 answers

What should I include in my 'sex and relationships' lessons?

I'm looking for advice as to what I should include as 'extras' in my sex and relationships lessons for ten and eleven year old children. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Apr 4, 2016 - 48 answers

Videos explaining the origin of life and evolution for very young kids.

I am struggling with explaining the origin of life, evolution and natural selection in a tangible way to my kids 4 & 5. Informing myself better has helped in the explaining, but I hope you can direct me towards videos aimed at young children which do a better job. Those I have found online are great for adults and slightly older kids, but level of detail is off-putting for them e.g. From the big bang to me, great video, but slightly too advanced.
posted by therubettes on Apr 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Floating audio widget for recording comments in OS X

I'm responding to student papers that are stuck inside our school's LMS. The software has a recording feature, but it is clunky and sluggish. What I would like to do is leave audio comments as a read the paper, hitting record and pause until I reach the end, then save the recording as an mp3. Quicktime would work perfectly for this if I could get the recording window to stay in the foreground. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 31, 2016 - 5 answers

Enterprise Architecture (I think) Starting from Scratch

If you were starting a brand new small college computer infrastructure, where would you start? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Mar 30, 2016 - 11 answers

Help our elementary school get gender balance in gifted math and science

Today I had to have the uncomfortable discussion with my 5th grade daughter about "why there aren't more girls on the Science Bowl team." Apparently, there are 5 girls out of 16 competitively awarded spots. A couple of years ago, we had the exact same discussion about TAG math-- she wanted to drop out because she was the only girl in her group. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Mar 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Is it OK to take a break from my education?

Mental health issues are derailing my education. I feel extreme pressure to stay in school. Logic is telling me I should take a break but I have no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2016 - 17 answers

A test question from my childhood about eyelashes still confuses me

The test was to determine whether I should be placed into a program for gifted students. I was five or six years old. One of the tasks was to identify the difference between a series of side-by-side photographs. For example, the picture on the left might be a tree with a rope swing, the picture on the right might be a tree with a tire swing. One of these side-by-sides was not like the others, and I can't figure out why it would be helpful in determining a child's aptitude. [more inside]
posted by landunderwave on Mar 24, 2016 - 10 answers

D.C. public elementary schools. Lay it on me.

We have a 6-month-old and are looking to buy in the parts of D.C. where you can get a 3 bedroom row house for around $600k--think Bloomingdale, Eckington, Petworth, Brightwood Park, etc. We're not looking at specific schools yet and aren't thinking past elementary school. D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) do not have a particularly great reputation in the region. We both grew up going to well-funded, high-achieving, not-particularly-diverse suburban public schools and have no real starting point to assess what the public school system is offering here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Ideas for a sensory input wall

Brainstormia: what are some good materials and elements to include when making tiles for a sensory input wall in a classroom? [more inside]
posted by transient on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Easiest way to create simple drag-and-drop online activities?

I would like to create a few straightforward drag-and-drop labelling activities, I have some diagrams, and I want to present users with a list of words that they have to move to the right position. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Should I go to school for speech pathology?

Hello. I am currently a 23 year old female. I am currently considering going back to school (I have an Associate's) for speech pathology (which requires a Master's) but am very tentative considering my current situation and how hard it is to get into the Master's program. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Mar 15, 2016 - 12 answers

Any ideas for speakers for a conference about how I.T. benefits people?

I'm helping organize a 2017 conference on I.T. in higher education; the theme is going to be how I.T. benefits people on a daily basis. We've got an array of prospective speakers already, but in the interest of broadening the pool... any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 14, 2016 - 6 answers

where can I donate to support girls/women in STEM?

Every year I make a donation in honor of my (deceased) mother's birthday. She was an outstanding scientist and teacher, won a bunch of mentoring awards, and helping women advance in STEM fields was important to her. I'm no longer able to donate to the organization I used in the past. Where should I send my money? (about $150). [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 10, 2016 - 13 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

Fun activities for a class of first graders to do with seniors?

I'm taking a group of first graders to our local retirement home, and I've run out of ideas for activities. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Mar 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Social Justice Primer?

Are there some good primers for Social Justice out there? I don't want a dense academic treatise that's hard to read, or filled with a shitton of theory. Something lightweight, that goes over the history of social justice movements, reasons and causes for their existence, what they exist for, etc... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Mar 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Thinking Critically

What puzzles, games or new activities can I do to keep improving my critical thinking, analytical, and logical abilities? AKA "Continuing Ed" for liberal arts graduates who have a hard time with "2 + 2" (when they're intoxicated, anyway...). [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 28, 2016 - 25 answers

Help me figure this out, please.

I'm trying to locate a children's short story with an ending where this boy that lives in this town, illegally goes over a fence (maybe he was even shot) and the last thing he sees is a sign saying "Human Exhibit". [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Feb 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Can I really write a paper with only one reference?

Professor wants the class to only use assigned readings to write papers, assigned readings are basically nonexistent. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by sharp pointy objects on Feb 10, 2016 - 27 answers

Equivalents to the UK's old National Record of Achievement?

Do other countries have (past or present) an equivalent to the UK's old 'National Record of Achievement' for pupils? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 2, 2016 - 1 answer

Looking for sites or books like Cosma Shalizi's notebooks

I really like the short explanations and exhaustive trove of links found in Cosma Shalizi's notebooks. Are there any other similar sites or books out there? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 30, 2016 - 1 answer

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

Fastest route to ANY degree with 3 years uni credit from 10 years ago?

What is the fastest route to a degree for someone with three years worth of general University education (but no degree) from a state university, roughly 10 years ago, who is no longer geographically close to that university? Assume that the degree field itself doesn't matter (it literally doesn't in my situation.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Your favorite Japanese media and language resources!

I am looking for specific Japanese language resources that fall into two groups: adult intermediate-to-advanced level, and early childhood education for Japanese kids. Please share your recommendations! [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 26, 2016 - 3 answers

Small Business Internet Safety

Hey all. I'm looking for advice as well a good novice level resources to beef up the IT security at my workplace regarding use of the internet. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Jan 26, 2016 - 5 answers

SALE! 50% OFF! .... Tuition?

My daughter is headed to college in 2017. She's jumping into the big process of selecting/looking/applying, and I am jumping into finance/panic process. One thing I am seeing as we research schools: Many private schools, liberal arts and larger, are reported as being quite generous with grant aid. I need a reality check. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jan 21, 2016 - 41 answers

In England, what exactly do the GCSEs determine?

How make-or-break are they [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Jan 21, 2016 - 13 answers

Automotive design, modification, & customization career advice?

I am an art professor and one of my freshmen is interested in professionally working in automotive design and/or car modification & customization. Yes, I know those areas encompass a range of positions and skills. Do you have any resources for her as she tailors her interests and studies in this realm, particularly if they're local to our KCMO area? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Jan 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Tell me about your / your kids' experiences in weekend language school

We are thinking of enrolling our (half-Japanese) 5yo son in ほしゅうこう, Saturday Japanese school. I understand the pros - he's unlikely to attain any kind of conversational proficiency unless he has a formal impetus. But I'm worried about the cons: stress, anxiety, lots of extra homework, major reduction in family time. I'd love to hear from people who attended weekend language school as a child, or who have enrolled their child in one. Or even religious school, if it had a significant time commitment. Of course every family and every child is different, but I'm interested in hearing a variety of experiences of how it did or didn't work for you. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 18, 2016 - 33 answers

Children's fantasy stories that taught pronunciation

Hi, I'm looking for a set of children's fantasy picturebooks from the 1960s or 1970s, that were designed for educational therapy, specifically to teach children how to correctly pronounce the "R", "Th" and "L". The ones I can remember were: [more inside]
posted by happyroach on Jan 17, 2016 - 2 answers

Name's bond, hydrogen bond

I'm looking for entertaining, science-review podcasts to prepare for the MCAT! [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Jan 8, 2016 - 0 answers

Why learn Russian (or German, or Japanese, or Italian...)?

Thanks to the glory of Duolingo and printable alphabet worksheets, I've started to dabble in Russian language learning. I don't intend to ever visit Russia. Why should I keep learning the language? [more inside]
posted by witchen on Jan 6, 2016 - 19 answers

I want to make maps or solve mapping problems – what career is this?

I love knowing and finding where places are. Where is the capital city of Tajikistan? Where do the most car accidents in Miami occur? Where is there the most pollution in Rio de Janeiro? Where are there untapped oil reserves? Where are the largest ergs? Where is an earthquake most likely to occur? What I have wanted to do for a long time is either make maps or solve issues that require finding a location. What I don't know is how to get into a career doing this. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Anyone have experience with an online/hybrid EdD program?

Has anyone out there completed an online or hybrid doctoral program, and can you share your thoughts and experiences? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Dec 21, 2015 - 1 answer

Generic letter of recommendation -- what now?

I'm applying for a fellowship, and my recommender showed me the letter he sent out on my behalf. Turns out it's rather generic and, while very positive, does not give examples of my supposed awesomeness. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Dec 19, 2015 - 7 answers

What's the state of teachers in my state?

How can I find numbers comparing the number of new teachers in Wisconsin to other states, or to prior years? Also, is it possible to compare the compensation packages in WI school districts? [more inside]
posted by areaperson on Dec 18, 2015 - 1 answer

Where can I find forums for researchers in Education policy and metrics?

I'm trying to identify possible online forums where social scientists--and in particular those interested in education policy and education assessment metrics--gather together and provide a support community regarding projects, answer questions, and offer suggestions about possible research approaches to take in answering questions. It could be associated with a particular university or it could be broader in reach and scope. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Dec 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Project Management for newbies

I've been offered an awesome opportunity at work to help manage a large-scale statewide project. I need suggestions for resources to up my project management game. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Dec 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Best Cloud Storage for Elementary Students

I need to teach my 3rd-5th graders how to save files on a network. They need to be able to access their files from different machines and locations around the school. My chief objective is that they learn to save thoughtfully and carefully, so that they'll develop good habits and be able to find their work in the future. (FWIW, I believe this means teaching them to be conscious of 1) what they want to call their file and 2) where they want to put it). [more inside]
posted by carterk on Dec 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there anything like community college in the UK?

Does the UK have any type of remedial post secondary system, and can it be accessed by foreigners? [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Dec 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Business World to Teaching and Back to Business Again

After college, I worked in IT for several years then started teaching. I've been in the education sector for the last 10 years, and I'm now ready to transition back to business. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Math Educators: Is there a name for this?

My eight year old has devised his own way of doing subtraction with re-grouping and it makes me wonder if this is a known "wrong" way of doing things that is part of the "normal" learning process, such as the way that many children write letters backwards and it doesn't necessarily mean anything, or if it is more unusual. For what it's worth, his teacher, who has a masters degree in mathematics herself, has not seen a child do things this way before. [more inside]
posted by toodles on Dec 1, 2015 - 21 answers

Educators of learners with special needs - how to use a transcript?

I make educational software. We want our software to be compliant (and helpful!) to people who need transcripts. But we're not sure how transcripts are even used. [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Dec 1, 2015 - 14 answers

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