What are some good books/workbooks to help a 7th grader with poor writing and spelling skills? [more inside]
How best to reabsorb all the math and tricks of the quantitative section of the GRE? [more inside]
Education filter: How do you get a class accredited at a community college? Does it depend on the individual state or local system? Who would be the right people to talk to understand this process? Thank you!
Help me teach the stories of San Francisco! [more inside]
Hi everyone, I am a 24 y/o English native about to start a PhD in London. During the next 3 years, I would very much like to begin learning French alongside my doctoral studies, and I am interested in finding out the most effective and efficient way of going about this. Realistically I will probably be able and willing to dedicate between one and two hours a day to studying French. I am interested in learning to both speak and write the language in equal measure. Any advice is much appreciated.
Looking for equitable Thanksgiving curriculum materials [more inside]
I recently changed jobs from a teen librarian to a children's librarian. I have solid public service skills, but I feel like I'm behind the curve in terms of preparedness. Help me be the best children's librarian ever! [more inside]
Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
Is there some sort of 'career/life counselor' out there that can help me navigate college/university programs and requirements after dropping out last year? [more inside]
Still feeling like a failure, despite all the help I get - what am I missing? [more inside]
Looking to develop a 30-40 hour online class. What are the best companies that develop online courses? Any other resources that you might recommend? Looking for something more like Khan Academy than Coursera or a MOOC.
I'm tutoring a teen girl who loves Maya Angelou and writing her own poetry and I want to make her a book of poems to encourage/inspire her. What poems should I include? [more inside]
Please explain the American medical educational system to me like I'm a small child. The Wikipedia article isn't very clear. [more inside]
My 3 1/2-year-old nephew was recently taken out of preschool because his parents can no longer afford it. I’m unemployed (and job hunting) and I’ve become the de facto nanny/babysitter. He’s a bright, active little boy who knows his shapes, colors, letters, numbers, how to spell his name, etc. He was learning how to write and I want to continue with that but I'm not sure how. (I have no kids and until him haven't spent much time with small children.) [more inside]
Help me find sources detailing NJ governor Chris Christie's contentious relationship with teachers and teachers' unions. [more inside]
I realized recently that as a college graduate with a B.A. in Philosophy, i know absolutely nothing. I want to educate myself in classic literature, great music (folk, jazz, classical), philosophy, poetry, and art. Where should i begin? The project seems overwhelming to me. I'm throwing out the TV and i want to occupy my time with material that will help me grow as an individual. Any ideas? Suggestions?
Plenty of education, but no experience--how do I break into health information management or roles as a trainer in a healthcare setting? [more inside]
Does anyone remember U-Film? [more inside]
Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
What do I do about my mom, and my 6 year old sister who may possibly have a mental problem? Long, snowflakey details inside.
What do I do about my mom, and my 6 year old sister who may possibly have a mental problem? Long, snowflakey details inside. My first question on Metafilter, please bear with me, I really need your help. [more inside]
What does a 9-year-old need to do now to become President of the United States? [more inside]
Help me prepare for "Geo for Good Down Under" at Google HQ Australia. Details on my spatial tech knowledge inside. [more inside]
I'd like to repurpose an old Nook Color tablet for some preschoolers. What are my best options? Rooting and installing educational apps? Which apps would you recommend? Staying w/ the stock OS and loading it up w/ kids books? Other options I'm missing? [more inside]
My Little Brother is directionless after dropping out of college. He spends every day sleeping until 2, waking to smoke up, and then watching TV. I'm worried that weeks of complacency will lead to months of inactivity and eventually years of a pattern of self-defeating behavior. But I don't know what else I can tell him. [more inside]
How would a graduate chemistry student distinguish themselves as more gifted than their classmates? [more inside]
Help with focus when reading dull, dry, and lengthy scientific papers or texts please. Yet another attention deficit question.
How do I maintain my focus and make sure my comprehension is maximized when reading (required) heavy or something I don't find terribly interesting? [more inside]
Tell me everything about teaching kids how to speak and read and write. [more inside]
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?
GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
Does your High School have a fun and effective way of staying in touch with the alumni? How do they do it? Class agents?, Mass emails?, Facebook groups?, Annual events?, Online or hard publications? I am looking for your advice and ideas. [more inside]
Help a high school senior pick a public Virginia university! [more inside]
My friend is starting a wine education company in Canada. He's trying to come up with a list of courses that would appeal to the widest audience. Right now he has a course on VQA wines, Italian wines, French wines, "How to find value wine", pinot noirs of the world (Oregon, Burgundy, California, New Zealand...) and is contemplating a course in Cabernets. Can you think of something that is missing or that would interest you more than what he has?
I'm looking for recommendations for childrens' educational book series. It's for a 4-5 year old, but writing level is not important, as long as it has good pictures we can talk about (e.g. the DK Eyewitness series). Preferably, each volume is devoted to a single subject (no encyclopedias), and be available cheaply second-hand. Thanks! [more inside]
Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
What qualifications do I need to teach humanities, beyond the normal education teachery qualifications? Victoria, Australia, to be specific. I am a Spanish/English methods teacher, but would love some more advice on applying for all those English/Humanities jobs out there. [more inside]
Quote suggestions from science fiction/fantasy books or stories related to teaching? [more inside]
Math is sexy! But I am afraid of math. What class should I take to overcome my fear and get cozy with numbers? [more inside]
I didn't choose the degree I am doing right now. It was my mom's wish... but I didn't realize at the time! If this happened to you... how did you cope? How did you take the best out of it? [more inside]
I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
Can you recommend a specific online bankruptcy debtor education provider? There are a billion and the ones I've looked at don't fill me with calm reassurance. [more inside]
I have a very strong background in humanities but I've completed three-year undergraduate course in math. Though I passed it without trouble, I feel like traditional textbooks didn't teach make me understand a lot. What are best math resources (books, but not necessarily) that instead of trying to look like PM read more like literature or work on your intuition and talk about big picture implications instead? Something like Godel, Escher, Bach for various areas of mathematics. [more inside]
Educators of MeFi, help me find some great digital learning techniques and resources. [more inside]
I'm a newly certified teacher, teaching in the UK, and I'm getting eaten alive. How do I survive the year? [more inside]
What's the name of the PE/sports conditioning activity where you run to a point and back, then to a farther point and back, then to a farther point and back?
What's the name of the PE/sports conditioning activity where you run to a point and back, then to a farther point and back, then to a farther point and back? [more inside]
Trying to identify the mythology books I was given over the summer in grade school in the mid-seventies. They were definitely curricular, I think even had characters like Sam (a boy) and Nip (a dog), perhaps there was a girl named Jane but I may be confusing her with the other series we all know. I'm not a teacher, just want to re-visit them for nostalgia's sake. [more inside]
I'm about to bite the bullet and get a student loan. Help me out/talk me out of it/give me a better option. Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
I'm a dude, pushing 40, relatively uncoordinated with very little rhythm, and taking a Zumba class. Can you assign me some homework? [more inside]
Good short reading on the Occupy Movement and free speech for college freshmen. [more inside]
What do Mexican children learn about the Aztecs in school? [more inside]
Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours? [more inside]