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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

Teachers, help me out.

Teachers who have taught at schools in poor areas and in well to do areas, can you please tell me what difference parent involvement at the school makes. Not talking about what happens at home between parent and child, but rather trying to gauge the impact parents who volunteer at the school have. [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Nov 26, 2015 - 11 answers

Spaaaaaaace! Spacespacespace

I've really enjoyed watching some of JPL's von Karman lecture series on YouTube. I'd really like to have more good quality stuff to watch online about solar system exploration - "good quality" meaning probably lectures and even rather technical ones, but not the slick, graphics-heavy, ominous voiceover discovery-channel sort of stuff (and definitely not the endless PROOF OF ALIEN LIFE ON TITAN stuff that makes searching for the good stuff so difficult). Any recommendations?
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Microscope fun for toddlers - household substances edition

Dear hivemind: I'm going to bring a 300X video microscope to my daughter's preschool. What easily obtainable substances will be super cool to view? Bacteria are too small, red blood cells are a biohazard. Toddlers could care less about onion skins, cork, and plant vasculature in my experience, and I am not doing anything that requires fixing/staining. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Nov 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Talking with my daughter about sex

My daughter is eleven. When she was a toddler, the advice about talking about sex that I read emphasised answering their questions. Kids are naturally curious! They will have all sorts of questions! Just answer them truthfully and you’ll be fine! Of course that did not happen. My child is apparently not very naturally curious about these things, and suddenly she’s a teenager and I have not talked to her about sex yet. I now know I should have handled this differently, but I can’t do anything about that anymore and could use some help with how to talk about this now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2015 - 31 answers

Will I be throwing my life away to major in music or writing?

I have been to around 6 different colleges and had at least 10 majors, been in school for 5 years now. I was thinking of giving up on trying to do a practical major and going for something I'm passionate for. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Nov 10, 2015 - 36 answers

How many K-12 schools have adopted 1:1 iPads?

I am working on a paper for graduate school and I'm having no luck finding a key piece of information: how many K-12 schools in NJ (or, failing that, the entire US) use iPads/tablets in 1:1 classrooms? [more inside]
posted by katie on Nov 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Indian pedagogical approaches to mastering the LSAT logic games section

I have come across books written for an Indian audience that help prepare them to pass the Common Admission Test. I’ve used such books to help me with American exams like the GRE and the SAT. I am looking for a book written with the same level of rigor and lucidity to help me conquer the dreaded LSAT logic games section. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Oct 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Payday for nurses

What's a typical salary for a nurse, and how do nursing salaries vary in different fields of medicine? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Oct 25, 2015 - 3 answers

If you want to be a digital animator, to which school would you go?

My 17 year old son wants to be an animation artist. Awesome! He definitely has the ability (both artistically and digitally as he is fluent in more programming languages than I, a computer scientist, am) but we are now arguing about the school. I'm pushing for Cal Arts. He is resistant because my ex-husband, whom he hates, went there. So, I'm looking for schools that are great at digital art and animation. This is not an easy thing to Google, I keep getting Devry. More below... [more inside]
posted by blessedlyndie on Oct 20, 2015 - 32 answers

CS education for people with Learning Disabilities?

Hello, I would like to study some computer science, mostly for fun ideally learning how to build DSP applications for music and audio production. That said, I have a fairly persistent Visual Motor learning disability so I haven't done much cs education since the 80's. I have sat in on front end web classes and while I find it interesting and I want to learn it, I get overwhelmed pretty quickly and then discouraged. Is there some CS educational program designed to help folks with learning disabilities? Thanks [more inside]
posted by macadam9 on Oct 20, 2015 - 5 answers

help me pick book & movie gifts for teenage zimbabwean girls

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]
posted by zingiberene on Oct 19, 2015 - 10 answers

How to help a ninth grader having trouble with textual analysis?

Asking for a colleague. A student is struggling to keep up with the standards of ninth grade English because the teachers are asking him to do in-depth textual analysis. His parents want a book that might help him to improve this skill at home. They are also considering other options but have asked me to research this one. I haven't met the student. Information from American education professionals would be most helpful. Thank you!
posted by chaiminda on Oct 16, 2015 - 5 answers

No you can't go to our university. We screwed up part 2!

Do I want to mention my previous experience getting accepted to the University of Barcelona and then subsequent rejection in my application letter to a related program? Please see my post titled No you can't go to our university! We screwed up. Sorry! [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Physics and Calculus not for Dummies

What are the best resources for a crash course in Calculus and Physics? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Oct 1, 2015 - 11 answers

How to encourage effort, self-discipline, excellence in children?

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]
posted by kitcat on Sep 30, 2015 - 32 answers

Does math homework help middle-school kids learn and retain knowledge?

Does giving math homework really help middle-school aged kids (11 to 13 years old) with learning and retention? Is "practice makes perfect" really a thing with pre-teen learners? Are (or were) you a middle school math teacher? If so, do you give homework? If so, how much and what kind? And what were your outcomes? [more inside]
posted by blessedlyndie on Sep 29, 2015 - 19 answers

School is schooling her...

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]
posted by heathrowga on Sep 29, 2015 - 14 answers

How to keep a first grader engaged in school?

Our soon-to-be 6 year old is a first grader in public school. He is FAR ahead of the rest of his class in reading.* This year he has a great teacher, who took the initiative to get in touch with us after the first week of school to ask: I'd appreciate it if you could convey any particular ways you believe we can all challenge your son and keep him fully engaged and happy (besides making sure he has Level M/N books he enjoys). [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Sep 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Course/Materials: Chem/Biochem meets Sustainability?

Is anyone aware of an upper-division undergraduate or masters level course - or materials for such a course - with the following criteria. The course should describe, holistically, both scientifically rigorous descriptions of chemistry as well as sociological/anthropological implications of this science that illustrate the intersections of chemistry/biochemistry with sustainability. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Short, Funny, Educational Videos on Customer Service

Customer service is a big part of the work we do in my office, and I don't think we talk about the value of that piece of our work enough. I want to change that. To start, I'd like to show short, funny YouTube videos on customer service at my regular staff meetings. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Sep 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Teaching English with a CELTA as a career?

My job prospects back home (in the US) are not looking good. I taught English in South Korea for three years, and now I'm thinking of heading back to somewhere in Asia to teach English again. This time, however, I'd like to do it for real by getting a CELTA and finding a "real job" as opposed to the dead-end hagwon stuff I did in Korea. How realistic is this plan? [more inside]
posted by EmptyEmpire on Sep 22, 2015 - 6 answers

who out there homeschooled in high school and got into college?

Hello, Have any of you been homeschooled in high school, and then went on to apply for college? I'm looking for details on how you applied for college, that is, did you take the ACT or SAT and how did that go for you? Did you dual enroll, so that the colleges could see some actual grades, or did you just send in a portfolio with lists of books you read, book reports, or essays you wrote? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

I don't know what or how to teach my 5-year-old about god...

My daughter is starting kindergarten at Catholic school. We are atheists (although raised Catholic). She will be learning about god in school, learning prayers, etc. and I basically just realized that I have NO CLUE how to navigate this. Do I let her believe, or do I tell her it's all just pretend? Is there an in between? Please help. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 14, 2015 - 43 answers

i triple dog dare ya!

Which accomplishments, artistic projects, records, businesses, enrollments, discoveries, inventions, etc came about as a result of a dare?
posted by divabat on Sep 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Age of ambition?

At some point in my life, I envisioned myself becoming a leader in the field I was on the path to pursuing. I went from elite overachieving undergrad to elite overachieving graduate program, and now all I want is a life with trees, refreshing sleep, maybe a cat, a cup of tea, and some good books and friends. I can't tell if this shift in goals is because I'm maturing or because I might be in depressed survival-mode from being in my program. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Sep 11, 2015 - 12 answers

getting work as an anthropologist in business settings?

Hi Does anyone know the pathway for getting work as an anthropologist in a business setting, or technology? Is anyone actually working in this area? What's is is like? What at are the prospects for starting a business in this area? What qualifications are recommended? Any info or links much appreciated. Yes Ive heard of Genevieve Bell at (Intel?), that would be my ideal job except Im 60 and nearly finished my undergraduate degree
posted by sparkle55 on Sep 11, 2015 - 10 answers

When to fork a linux distro, and general licensing questions...

I'm delivering remote training in various technologies and i've build a VM image based on Bodhi to support this. I'm curious as to whether it's best for me to fork Bodhi at this point, and what license related things I should be considering. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Sep 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Thoughts on online colleges?

Recently I've been interested in transferring from a brick and mortar college (CUNY) to Western Governors University. I'm looking for advice from people who have joined similar online programs and their experiences. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 6, 2015 - 20 answers

Got a generous job offer but am having trouble deciding

I'm a recent college grad about to start a master's in computer science. I'm in a very fortunate position in that I've been interning at a national lab in New Mexico this summer and have been offered a fellowship that would cover my tuition, pay me a stipend while in school, and give me a full time job after graduation. But I'm not sure that this is what I want for my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Do you trigger warning? Would you want one?

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]
posted by pinkacademic on Aug 28, 2015 - 28 answers

Continuing education in western Mass?

I'm hoping to take classes as a non-degree student and looking for options. [more inside]
posted by fromspiderhead on Aug 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Toy/ Teacher Supply Store in Minneapolis?

In Missouri, I loved US Toy. In Minneapolis, is there something like this? I'm looking for something like Oriental Trading Company: The Store but with teacher supplies, like posters. I couldn't find anything aside from Lakeshore... Please Help!
posted by Kestrelxo on Aug 24, 2015 - 4 answers

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