I have a B.S. in Biochem and Molecular Bio, but after messing around as a bench tech for a while and then substituting at elementary schools, I found I was so much happier teaching then spending hours alone in a lab. Never expected it. So I've substituted mainly K-4 for over a year now (with high praise from the staff), and a few times in Jr. High. I've also done a lot of one-on-one work as a paraprofessional for kids who require accommodations. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, behavioral disorders, etc.
The Problem: I'm qualified to teach gr. 7-12 full time right now, but in order to teach 6 or lower I need to complete most of a masters program before I can even get initial (or preliminary) licensure. I'd be willing to teach Jr. High for a couple years, but I suspect I would be happier in the long run as an Elementary teacher. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE
on Sep 15, 2014 -
I'm helping elementary school kids with their math and English homework. I really need math resources and strategies for helping kids with their reading/writing homework. Some are English language learners. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase
on Sep 15, 2014 -
My forte as a teacher is not the decorating/bulletin boards/cutesy stuff so I was hoping to solicit input. Tomorrow we have a leadership themed walk through for the parents (it is our year-long equity theme). My class had students write about how they are a leader ("pushing in my chair, helping friends when they fall down on the playground," etc.) We took photographs of them in super hero poses with a super hero cape to go with the blurb they wrote. So they each have a little poster with their photograph as a superhero and the way they are a leader and now we need to put it up in the hall fancily.
Now we need a pun or background display for their work. Like the other teachers have things like a big mirror made out of tin foil and it says, "I can see the leader in me." Stuff like that. So, super hero themed + leadership + charming but also doable within a day in terms of the decorative work load and supplies needed. Any ideas?
posted by mermily
on Apr 30, 2014 -
In general, which elementary school grades cover prehistory? American colonial history?
posted by Elsie
on Feb 27, 2014 -
(Asking for a friend) My second grader is struggling to read at grade level, and I want to encourage him to associate reading with pleasure instead of frustration by giving him some books he'll love and that will be appropriately challenging but not vexing. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Feb 20, 2014 -
I babysit a (pretty mature) just-turned-9 year old boy and would like to get him a ~$20 gift that is non-material and preferably something we can do together in Manhattan. He has two little brothers so the apartment is bursting at the seams toys and books. My first, best idea is a trip to the Superhero Supply Store in Brooklyn, which totally would be his jam, but Mom would probably prefer staying in the city, so I'd like to source some other ideas first!
Something we could do after school together one day that wouldn't take more than 2 hours would be perfect. Educational and enriching are secondary to straight up fun. He's mostly an indoorsy bookwormy type whose yearly highlight is the NYCC. He does karate and loves Shake Shack (but too cold!) He's vaguely into video games. And his bday party is inviting friends over to watch Indiana Jones and eat "dirt cake". Is there anything coming up in the next month event-wise that the little dude would enjoy? Any ideas for fun experiences would be magnificent. Thank you MeFi!!!
posted by Juicy Avenger
on Nov 28, 2013 -
The primary school (age 4-11) I teach in is in a socially disadvantaged area: about half of our pupils are on free school meals compared with around 18% nationally (England). Educational attainment is low. With the aim of improving student outcomes, the Local Educational Authority is awarding an innovation prize of £5000 to execute the project. One of the biggest problems that we face is low attendance - about 92% (of which only approximately 1-2% are absent owing to illness). Currently, actions to improve attendance such as weekly assemblies to celebrate good attendance, class awards and a rigorous follow-up of attendance issues, have only had mixed results. What do schools in the US do to ensure their children attend school regularly and come in on time? Rewards? Phone calls to parents? We are at our wits' end at our school, so I am calling upon you all for suggestions and advice. Thank you so much!
posted by ashawill
on Nov 25, 2013 -
Could someone suggest an easy holiday craft project (less than 30 minutes) for a 3rd grade class to complete during their holiday party? [more inside]
posted by victoriab
on Dec 17, 2012 -
Help me find resources for elementary age children regarding the modern Native American experience. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing
on Feb 27, 2012 -
I am trying to remember an elementary school book that had a teacher who gave his students an in class writing assignment about why life is worth living, but none of the students write an essay that is good enough for him, so he rides his motorcycle off a cliff the next day. [more inside]
posted by weewooweewoo
on Sep 6, 2011 -
Primary school gets out tomorrow. I know it is common for kids to have a "summer slide" where they forget a lot of what they've learned over the year. Recommend some fun math and science sites/projects/activities for elementary school age kids that will keep them refreshed and interested. [more inside]
posted by dejah420
on Jun 2, 2011 -
Tutoring two 2nd-grade students in writing more creatively. I'm a creative writing grad student, so no sweat right? Wrong. Their first language isn't English. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie
on Apr 19, 2011 -
My partner is doing her Ph.D in English but is starting to think she wants to teach elementary or high school. We're in Canada. We've got questions about the job market, location, and the benefits and burdens of getting the Ph.D. [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Feb 8, 2011 -
My son is nearing kindergarten age and we're exploring our options for his education. We stumbled across this "Family School
" in Albuquerque, NM, and we love the concept of half day public school and half day home school. Does anyone know of public (or private) elementary schools anywhere in the United States with a similar setup to this?
posted by iboxifoo
on Jan 21, 2011 -
I've begun an alternative certification program to become an elementary teacher. Looking for good books about teaching. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias
on Jan 10, 2011 -
Where can I get a clip from a specific Mythbusters
episode to use for a third grade class on the scientific method? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Where can I find an example of an American public elementary school curriculum from the early-to-mid 1960s? I'm particularly interested in the fourth and fifth grades -- what books did they read, what kind of math and science was typically taught, etc.
posted by bagadonuts
on Jun 20, 2010 -
I need ideas to keep a class of 10-15 1st & 2nd graders occupied. The catch? We don't speak the same language and there isn't a translator. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Mar 31, 2010 -
FindABookFilter: What set of books did I get from my elementary school library in the late 1980s that taught BASIC programming, and contained pages upon pages of BASIC code to be keyed in by the reader? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster
on Jan 27, 2010 -
Why did my elementary/high school teachers complain so much about how they don't make enough money? I looked at the Department of Labor's website, and they make just as much as they would in certain postsecondary subjects (about $53,000). I always thought they made $25,000 a year or something, but this has changed everything! Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu
on Sep 24, 2009 -
In primary/elementary schools of other countries, is it mandatory for children to sing the national anthem? [more inside]
posted by querty
on Sep 16, 2009 -
Does anyone remember Hoffy papers? Obscure elementary-school learning machine memory (pre-1980 edition) ... [more inside]
posted by rikschell
on Apr 30, 2009 -
My son’s elementary school Internet policy has some fairly objectionable provisions. How common are these terms, and can/should anything be done about it? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit
on Dec 17, 2008 -
Does anyone have experience with Waters Elementary School in the Chicago Public School system? [more inside]
posted by true
on Nov 19, 2008 -
What are the biggest controversies/battles in elementary school these days between kids? When I was a kid, you were either a Superman kid or a Spiderman kid. A Flintstones kid or a Jetsons kid. Nerds (the candy) or Gummi Bears.
What are the modern equivalents?
posted by ericc
on Sep 25, 2008 -
How many students are allowed to be crammed into a California public-elementary classroom? [more inside]
posted by metacort
on Aug 27, 2008 -
On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold
on May 23, 2008 -
Give me your recommendations for a child psychologist who does ADD/ADHD evaluations in Northern Virginia. [more inside]
posted by onhazier
on Mar 28, 2008 -
I have a friend who is an excellent but fairly new (2 years experience) teacher now teaching 1st-graders in a poor inner-city school. She finds that they are lethargic, often barely able to keep awake, and hardly respond to her. Are there any great books/articles she should be reading? [more inside]
posted by shivohum
on Sep 3, 2007 -
For elementary school teachers, is tenure transferable to other districts/states? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy
on Apr 18, 2007 -
My family and I will be moving to mid-town Memphis this summer. I originally thought private education was the only way to go in Memphis but after doing my research I am finding out that there are some public schools where academics are challenging and they offer more extracurricular activities than the private schools. I am leaning towards White Station high school and Snowden for elementary school. Appreciate any help.
posted by bethrossrn
on Apr 11, 2007 -
Howdy! I've got to keep 50 8-year olds entertained for an hour while I teach them about a local endangered species tomorrow. Any teachers out there with some general tricks of the trade to help maintain control and keep their interest?
...I'm scared. Will they eat me? [more inside]
posted by stray
on Jun 12, 2005 -
What are some good websites that review children's literature? Bonus if the focus is on preschool or early elementary.
posted by dagnyscott
on Jan 20, 2005 -