I want a real career. After a decade of professional frittering, I'm finally coming into my own — I have deep focus and a desire to invest heavily in my future. What should I make of myself? [more inside]
After a few years away from caffeine, I'm coming back. How do I best go about learning the different regional and roasting effects on coffee's flavor? [more inside]
Can the hivemind ID these commercials? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Professor wants the class to only use assigned readings to write papers, assigned readings are basically nonexistent. What do I do? [more inside]
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]
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]
What's a typical salary for a nurse, and how do nursing salaries vary in different fields of medicine? [more inside]
In 10 days I'm going to visit a friend in Harare who is a foster mother to seven girls between the ages of 11 and 16. They all live on a farm in the suburbs and watch movies, play cards, sometimes read books in the evening. What are some enriching and inspiring books and movies for teenage girls to read and watch that I can bring for them? [more inside]
My daughter is 5 and starting kindergarten and music lessons. I cannot lie: in these and her future...I dunno, endeavors I guess you would call them, I want her to do well. I want her to put effort in and take pleasure in her efforts. But I don't know how to foster this in her and it's time I started figuring it out. [more inside]
My beautiful, curious, smart 11-y-o daughter is in her first year of middle school (6th grade). The school is in an high-income, high-expectation area. She regularly has 1-2 hours of homework a night, plus long-term projects. Her grades are okay, but she is a stressball. I want to help her not turn gray by 15! [more inside]
I teach college-level courses in a historical humanities field. My research and teaching both swim in a time period where the conceptualization of "consent," as we understand it today, was not in play. So I have to teach a lot of documents, images, novels, poems, and plays that... well, to be honest .... feature rape as a matter of course - often, in fact, as a comedic convention or as an important didactic touchstone. I teach a lot of works that also features graphic violence - again as part of a conventional, generic trope. And I teach a lot of radical political philosophy from [historical humanities field]. Do I need to include a trigger warning on my syllabus? If so, what does that look like? Do the graphic violence and/or radical politics also warrant a similar warning? And if so, what does that look like? [more inside]
I'm hoping to take classes as a non-degree student and looking for options. [more inside]
If I were a hobby programmer and looking to learn a new language both for self-education in new areas and to get skills that could be marketable in the future, what should I look at? [more inside]
My four year old daughter and I will be moving to Davis, California this summer. She will miss the September 1 birthday cut off to enroll in kindergarten and so I am looking into my options for school or day care for her. I will be attending UC Davis and will need around 40 hours of care for her per week so I can go to class, study, etc. I have a few questions about arranging care for her. [more inside]
The medical practice where I work is showing some interest in revamping its waiting areas, especially as concerns patient educational resources. What have your doctors done that you like? What might you find useful? [more inside]
My friend is currently studying at university, and she asked me to help her out with one of her assignments. I refused, saying I considered what she was asking me to do to be wrong. She became upset, and now I feel lousy, like I've let her down. I would like to gauge others' perspectives here: if you were in my shoes, how would you have reacted? [more inside]
Top space science influencers of today's pre-teens? [more inside]
I've been asked to sub in a Language Arts class tomorrow. I'm having a hard time coming up with fun activities. Help! [more inside]
School system is trying to demonstrate equality of education across schools to comply with a longstanding federal court order. One way they are trying to achieve this is by taking away programs that are only offered at one school. Looking for other examples where this type of decision has been made, and perhaps, overturned. [more inside]
Lately, I have seem to have doubts about my intelligence; particularly with the notion of becoming a social researcher. I have always wanted to explore the field of social research. I have a penchant for learning new knowledge and theories; my curiosity never seems to wane. However, I have little confidence that I'm able to obtain a Master's Degree in Critical Sociology. I need to build my confidence and reassure myself that I have the capability, passion, devotion, and worth ethic to learn and strive towards this career goal. I would be most appreciated for some scope of advice, tips, and encouragement. [more inside]
My son is graduating in May with a degree in English, minors in business and econ, and an interest in pursuing a career in game level design. He's been sorting through a lot of conflicting information and he's looking for advice regarding where to start, e.g., programs he can study on his own, classes and/or certifications he should consider. He's willing to get a second bachelor's degree if that's the best way to get into the field. (He thanks you in advance.) [more inside]
A social enterprise I started a few years ago is finding traction and I have a real opportunity to go back to study part time while continuing to work. I want to build on some early work I did with volunteer fundraising training and operations management. What stinks or swims charities is volunteer participation. I am trying to find courses - master's, certificates, short courses (anywhere, online preferred) geared at volunteer management, community organising, political organising, and especially human resource management or human resource development with underserved populations. Can you signpost me? [more inside]
Recently my partner has expressed interest in becoming a full-time public school teacher in the state of North Carolina. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2011 with a B.A. in political science and a 2.3 GPA. He has begun researching possible colleges to apply to in order to obtain the necessary teaching license, however, it is looking like most of the teaching programs have a requirement that the GPA be 2.5 or higher. Does anyone have any suggestions or know of a school with a teaching program that does not have a GPA requirement? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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]
As a tutor of every age group from kindergarten to college, I often hear the sensible question, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" I would like to be able to better answer this, and so I ask you, Metafilter, when do you ever use the things you learned in school? Do you use math? English? History? If so, what parts? And how? [more inside]
I'm going to a conference/show/event in October, and I need a good way to present on-going education and new job history. Details inside? You bet. [more inside]
I am looking for some advice on where to send my almost 4 year old daughter for preschool. [more inside]
Scenario: Funded by a well-known VC, a previously successful (sold last company to Motorola) creates a (hyperbole, aside) revolutionary video instruction platform that *eliminates* bandwidth constraints, worldwide, at the same time increasing the capacity for student interaction by an order-of-magnitude and optimizing data analysis capacity of educational video. [more inside]
My question is twofold:
- What books, websites, or other resources do you recommend?
- Any tips for teaching a very young player?
I'm going to get my real estate broker license and want to take the required class hours online (90 for WA state). There are a number of sites that offer the classes, however none have impressed me in the least. Is there something out there I just haven't found? [more inside]
I have a memory of a one-off comic that I saw online one time about college and grad school. There was a sort of superhero or superpowers metaphor for the whole process of higher education. Black-and-white, in pencil (?), maybe some use of green. Help me find it? [more inside]
For someone who aims to continue their education through a Masters degree, then become a teacher, is there a significant advantage in attending UC rather than CSU for the undergraduate degree? Would it be different if the aim was a career in, say geo-sciences rather than teaching? [more inside]
I've been accepted to two summer programs in two great cities! I am indecisive and have only a few more days to decide which travel grant to accept. [more inside]
I have an odd job interview coming up. I need advise on a children's book to read to a grown up audience and a two minute poem or "fun" monologue to recite. I think it'd be best if these related to the joy of learning or science. For the book, I might just read part of "Corduroy" because its beautiful and sweet, but what about the other requirement? [more inside]
My child (almost 5) is showing an interest in music and I would like to get him started with music lessons. Please help me pick an instrument for him. [more inside]
So I've now had two young people in the last month ask me for career advice who told me they were planning to major in "strategic intelligence." Has anyone heard of such a thing? I hadn't, and had to look it up. From what I can gather it seems to be basically a hybrid history/poli-sci degree. Is that accurate? And more than that, is such a degree worth the paper it's printed on? [more inside]
I'm looking for a study which investigated college faculty's perception of an average student in science classrooms. [more inside]
I'm finishing my second semester of a MA program, and am realizing that I am not happy in this program and (most importantly) it isn't fulfilling my academic and professional needs. I have identified another MA program which I know would be a good fit for me, and am considering switching. Assuming money is no object here, would I be crazy to make the switch? [more inside]
Is a major in Spanish a good investment? If I buckle down and commit myself to daily study and practice (and spend one semester abroad), can I attain a decent fluency in the language? What kind of career paths could I expect? More details and questions follow. [more inside]
Searching for book recommendations. [more inside]
What does current research say about the impact of class-size in K-12 education? My town is debating how to address a 35% increase in the school-age population. How much do we raise taxes and do we let class sizes increase? Lots of people are throwing around anecdotes about their own experiences. I'd like to know what the people who study this have to say. [more inside]
In general, which elementary school grades cover prehistory? American colonial history?
Is there a list of important historical events which are now regarded (by at least a majority of historians) as true/accurate, which are or were recently regarded as fringe theories, hoaxes, or legends, or which are viewed as unimportant and given short shrift in US / western public school curricula and popular narratives? Links to lists or individual items appreciated. Thanks!
I'm looking to make a career change and I'm carefully considering which Master's degree is least likely to leave me unemployed and with (more) debt. I know there are websites out there suggesting the best degrees to get, and I know it depends on personal interest, but I'm interested in finding s reputable information source on what degrees are (and aren't) likely to work out well for me. Thanks!
I'm working on a load of small projects for the education arm of a small charity. In order to make the training more interesting, I have been tasked with finding out what can be done in the realm of screencasts. As we don't have any kind of budget, I thought we might be able use something like Camtasia, which our web developer has on his machine. Problem is, I'm pretty sure we only have one licence and I'm even surer that it's going to be a struggle to get anyone to agree to pay for any new software right now. Looking at the tutorials, I was thinking of starting (relatively) simple and maybe using a mix of Powerpoint and animations to enhance an audio lecture. I therefore have multiple parts to this question: 1) Is there a free or really cheap alternative to Camtasia that I should be looking at? or 2) Is Camtasia worth fighting for? If it is, I am willing to learn how to do awesome things with it. 3) Am I even looking at the right kind of software to do this? Thanks very much!
What resources are there in the US that enable kids to take, say, a 3-6 month training course in programming, and then help with entry-level job placement after successful completion of the program? I used to live in Argentina and became familiar with http://program.ar/ which does this (very well) there, and want to find some similar programs in the United States.