I'm an archivist at a large university in the USA. I've been at my current job for a few months now and it's my first archives job since I finished my master's degree. I am the first degree-holding archivist they ever hired. Before very recently, all the archivists at my department had been part-time students in the master's degree program here. One other archivist stayed on for a few months after she graduated last year. Whenever she finished her degree, she was given some kind of promotion or reclassification because of it. She was still a part-time hourly worker, but was being paid twice as much as the rest of us. What could that mean for me? [more inside]
I've just read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. What an amazing book! Thanks to my ever-growing collection of nieces and nephews, I've enjoyed lots of middle grade fiction. It's been a few years years since I've picked up a good MG novel, though. Does anyone have any recent recommendations in a similar category or style? I'm looking for sophisticated middle grade fiction with strong crossover appeal.
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?
We can't figure out a good title for my daughter's Science Fair Project. The school wants the 4th grade children to basically do the whole project at home with guidance from the parents. My daughter's experiment is on why apples turn brown and she is learning about why the lemon juice worked (learning about acids and bases, etc.) The poster board we will use will have a title on it. The teacher wants us to think of a good title, and it does not necessarily have to be the question, "Why do apples turn brown". It can be a clever, or interesting title that goes with the experiment. At first we thought about, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But then we thought it was too long, and it also might be presumed that her project is about apples and how they are healthy. [more inside]
I am working on a distance measure for a sword/magic story's continent map, and I'm curious as to how wide a circular ocean's bay would be if.. [more inside]
Will a plastic canopy work as a carport for a driveway on a hill? [more inside]
I'm teaching a college-level creative course, and some of my students have emailed me saying they're dissatisfied with their posted grades. These students have Bs or better. Primarily I want the students to go away, but also I'd like them to understand that a B is a pretty good grade, and that the grades reflect the quality of the students' work and participation in class. I think some students expected As because it's a creative subject and (for them) an elective. Can I just not respond to these emails, or is that an instructor faux pas?
I'd like science-, scientist-, or engineering-related book recommendations for a 9th grade student reading at a 6th-7th grade level. [more inside]
How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies? [more inside]
Hello, How do I get a hold of a Lead21 Practice Companion or Phonics Companion for my 3rd grader? [more inside]
I'm used to fourth graders - what are the best resources to prepare for my first time teaching second grade? [more inside]
What's the best way to approach a teacher about what I feel is an unfair grade? [more inside]
I feel awful. I adjusted my grading practices and now I have all these emails from angry students. [more inside]
I am a 2nd year PhD student in the sciences and believe I was given an unfair grade in a course. Please share any advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
What woods can be use to make lids for pickling? [more inside]
"The Mad Menagerie Manager imagined that he managed an Imaginary Menagerie"--who wrote this? [more inside]
What should I do with eight six-year-old girls for 1.5 hours a week that targets social skills and building peer relationships? [more inside]
Where in Chicago can I have old baseball / sports cards graded for condition, and how much can I expect to pay for this service? [more inside]
Educate me on this one - how does HR evaluate and adjust employee pay grades? [more inside]
I need to be able to judge by sight the grade of a hill / road / parcel and be accurate within about 1% gradient. Is there a software tool that I can make some triangles with specific grades to use on flash cards?
I have a friend who is convinced, because of a combination of a breakdown of some sort and failing most of her freshman classes, that she has to sit out for something like seven years before she can go back to a University. Is this right? Is there some sort of grade forgiveness or a 'do over' button or something for getting a higher education? What's the deal? Is she forever screwed?
I have a disgruntled professor whose only goal seems to burn every bridge in his path. Assignments that were turned suddenly aren't there, grades are arbitrarily assigned for no reason. The administration knows of this and appears to be willing to work with students but tells us we have to wait until the end of the semester for a grade appeal process... [more inside]