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New High School LGBTQ Club Sponsor looking for readings/resources/etc

I am a new sponsor for a high School LGBTQ club and I am looking for readings/resources/etc to help me lead this group of kiddos with information, grace, and support. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Nov 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Self Help Skills/Teen ADHD Version

This year in my special education classes, I have a handful of 15/16 year olds who have the most severe ADHD I've ever seen. What can I do to help these kids learn to help themselves? I modify their assignments and the classroom to help them (yoga ball chairs, etc.) but I want to teach them how to live with this. Adults with knowledge of ADHD -- what hacks work for you? [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes on Nov 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Please help me to not quit teaching.

This is my second year as a certified secondary classroom teacher (I have 4 years of experience including full-time substituting k-12 and paraprofessional work). I don't know where to begin. I live 3000 miles away from all of my family and friends. I teach in an urban school in Arizona, consistently ranked as the 1st or 2nd worst state for teachers. I'm depressed, frustrated with myself, and feel like I'm losing control of my class more and more as the year goes on. Soul-spilling rant inside. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Oct 22, 2016 - 13 answers

No True English Teacher Would Ask This Sort of Question

I've recently discovered that I'm supposed to be teaching logical fallacies and argumentation to a couple classes of second year high school returnee students. I'm looking for solid ideas or examples for use in teaching students how to recognize and avoid using fallacies. However, there've been some snags. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Oct 5, 2016 - 15 answers

When and how to tell my school that I'm leaving?

I am a high school science teacher. Next summer, I am leaving my current school so my family can move back to my childhood home town. I was planning to inform my current school's administration in January-ish, but it's getting harder to avoid telling them without lying, or causing them to waste resources, which I'd rather not do. On Monday, I'm in on a meeting specifically about plans for next year that will probably involve me and require my input. Help! What should I do and when should I do it? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Oct 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Helping Beginner English Language Learners learn World History

This year I will be co-teaching a class of English Language Learners world history (from roughly 15th century China through the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, 20th century etc.) The majority of our class will have some proficiency in English, but we recently learned that a small group will be beginner ELLs with almost no knowledge of English. How can we best help these newcomers learn English and acclimate them to their new home, teach them some world history, and also support the majority of our students with different needs? [more inside]
posted by callistus on Aug 31, 2016 - 2 answers

How to teach books?

Help me be as good a (low-level, ESL) literature teacher as I can! [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Aug 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Is there a literary equivalent of going back to high school?

I am looking for some young adult fiction that describes current high school experience. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on May 26, 2016 - 9 answers

Good news: I know I want to teach. Bad-ish news: Which route do I take?

I am an editor and writer with a BA and an MA. I've been accepted to at least one of the PhD in rhetoric/communication programs I've applied to—and fully funded (albeit with a limited stipend, but that's to be expected). If I decide to go, I start this fall. However, I can't shake the feeling that maybe I want to be teaching high school language arts. But do I really? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Mar 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Was my son's teacher out of line?

My son is a freshman in high school. During American History class he complained about the Tea Party Libertarians hijacking the "don't tread on me" flag. (We have an unpleasant tea partier in the family who has certainly influenced my son's thinking.) His teacher responded by printing out this chart for him. My son wasn't sure what to make of it and brought it home for me. I'm not sure what to make of it either. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Feb 24, 2016 - 37 answers

Second career teaching high school computer technology in NY State?

What is the best path for someone in NY State with a Master's degree in Computer Science to get certified to teach computer technology in high school? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Jan 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Sportos, Motorheads, Geeks, Wastoids, Dweebies

For a board game I'm working on, I need a "definitive" list of teenage cliques that would have been present in a suburban American high school in 1989. This is mostly a "free-form, go nuts" question, but I have a few guidelines I'd like for you to keep in mind... [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Nov 30, 2015 - 33 answers

Help Me Teach Teens to Write Sci-Fi & Fantasy

I've been invited to give a series of workshops at a local high school on writing science fiction and fantasy. What should I do to make them awesome? [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor on Nov 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Eastern MA middle schools and high schools that offer classes digitally?

I'm looking for regular middle schools or high schools in eastern Massachusetts (i.e., the kinds with bricks-and-mortar buildings and classrooms with teachers and students there in person) but that also offer some courses completely digitally. E.g., students might go online to take an AP class or a foreign language not otherwise offered by the school. They might do so from home or from a computer lab at school or similar. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 30, 2015 - 3 answers

KEEP CALM and PARTY ON is all I've got

I volunteered to make posters advertising a high school graduation party, planned for May 2016, and I'm already out of ideas. While it will be a "safe & sober party" I don't want to harp on that particular slogan when advertising to the students. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Oct 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Hello awkwardness my old friend

I've recently moved back to my hometown, 20 years after graduating high school. I'm apprehensive about running into old classmates. Angst within. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Oct 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Not-Terrible Life Skills Videos

I am an instructor at a school, and one of the classes I teach is Life Skills for the high schoolers. We discuss everything from boundaries in relationships to financial literacy to how to change a tire. On Friday, I will be having my first absence, and I wanted to provide a video that is reasonably engaging and not patronizing but also appropriate for tenth graders. [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Sep 22, 2015 - 5 answers

My nephew wishes to join the Army straight out of high school.

I wish to suggest other paths to him. Help me be a good aunt to him! [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Aug 31, 2015 - 23 answers

Any experience with the Alta Indepenent online high school?

I am trying to help a friend decide whether the online high school Alta Independent - altaindependent.com - is right for her son. [more inside]
posted by snoe on Aug 15, 2015 - 2 answers

Getting organized, high school edition

I am trying to find resources to help a 10th grader who is bright and creative but with extremely poor executive skills get organized, specifically for the challenges of high school (but, as a side effect, hopefully with carryover to other domains of life...). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2015 - 10 answers

How would you transform this high school IT class?

I may be inheriting a high school class that, for the past couple of years, has consisted of students obtaining certifications in Microsoft Office (see here for the framework). I'd like to transform this class, either a little at a time or in giant steps. Halp. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 31, 2015 - 16 answers

Chances of getting hired to teach for the upcoming school year?

I want to teach high school social studies for the upcoming (2015-2016) school year in Virginia, USA. I would have to be hired with a provisional license. How can I make this happen/what are the chances of this happening? [more inside]
posted by EmptyEmpire on Jul 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Help my 17 year old students understand post-colonialism?

My students are studying an Australian writer who engages with a revisionist version of the 'settling' of Australia. They need to write persuasive/expository/imaginative pieces about the ideas in the novel. I would like them to understand some basic post-colonialist theory. They are all around 16-18 years old, and of mixed ability. Suggestions for readings suitable for this age group? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on May 29, 2015 - 6 answers

jerseys better make me some $$$

So we've inherited these framed football jerseys and now that I've put them up for sale on Craigslist I've got potential buyers. How much is a fair price for them (with or without the frames)? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Dramatic irony in movies and TV shows currently popular with teens?

I'm looking for examples of dramatic irony (where the audience knows something that the character doesn't know) to illustrate the concept to a 9th grade literature class. I'd prefer examples from TV shows or movies that they are likely to have seen recently, although popular books might be OK, too.
posted by bardophile on Apr 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Advice for starting a GSA

Are you or were you part of a GSA or other LGBTQ organization in school? I'm a teacher starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at my public high school with the support of the administration. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Jan 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Best Career Advice for High Schoolers EVER?

I'm teaching a career explorations class for high schoolers at my therapeutic high school, age ranges 14 to 21. All my students have diagnosed emotional or behavioral disabilities and my course is 12 weeks long. My big question: As an adult, what career advice do you wish you had been given? Advice that would have opened your eyes and given you a great feeling about the world of work? What did the adults in your life not say about work, but you wish they had? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Dec 6, 2014 - 51 answers

Vicarious Math Pressure

My eldest child is starting high school. She is in the most advanced math class (a version of geometry) offered by her fairly demanding high school. But my eldest is struggling during the review of algebra -- rate problems, word problems, etc. Concerned because math is cumulative, and I don't want her falling behind. What can I do to help, both with math and with preventing her from becoming discouraged? [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Oct 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Definitive Holocaust Video to Supplement Maus?

Thanks to the wonderful responses I received in the question of "What would be in your best high school english class?" I've started the year by reading Art Spiegelman's Maus. What's wonderful is that my incredibly reluctant readers are actually reading and enjoying the book, what's not wonderful is they don't seem to understand that the Holocaust was a VERY BAD THING. I'm looking, ideally, for a 1 hour documentary that does just that. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Oct 4, 2014 - 27 answers

E=mc^$

I need help thinking of cool ways to spend $30k or more for high school physics equipment! If you're a physics teacher, or had a great physics teacher in high school (or college), tell me what equipment makes for inspiring and effective physics education. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 27, 2014 - 9 answers

I can haz hall pass?

Creative people of Metafilter, help me come up with a fun hall pass to use in my classroom of high school seniors. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Sep 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Is my daughter's cheer coach a tyrant - or just a, you know, coach?

Geek-Has-Athlete-Kid Filter: Late evening practices and threats of public humiliation: are the expectations and actions of my daughter's cheerleading coach typical of student athletics or is this beyond typical? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Sep 12, 2014 - 84 answers

Teen with Narcissistic Tendencies. Help.

I'm Dean of Students/Special Ed teacher at a therapeutic high school and I really need some help about how to work with a teen who has narcissistic tendencies. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Sep 5, 2014 - 28 answers

Statistics Book for an interested teen

My teen aged niece has suddenly found a strong interest in statistics. What book would you recommend for a 14 year old who has good, but not advanced, math skills?
posted by honestcoyote on Aug 15, 2014 - 18 answers

What's the 'significance' of the word bubonic in bubonic plague?

This is one entry on a vocabulary list that asks for a definition of the word or phrase and the 'significance' of the word or part of the phrase. This is part of a 15-year-old's summer homework, but no explanation is given of what the 'significance' of the word significance is. My take is that 'significance' is kind of an inherent effect or consequence of the word; for bubonic, I'd say the significance is civilization-changing death due to uncontrolled pest and population density. Any other ideas?
posted by Huck500 on Aug 6, 2014 - 14 answers

How to Design a Course's Curriculum: High School Edition

What curriculum design frameworks and resources should I use to develop a high school level art course? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 27, 2014 - 5 answers

What Would Be In Your Best High School English Class?

I'm teaching high school-level English next year for students who need a high level of academic support and I want the class to be both highly engaging and content-rich. If you were a kid who LOATHED writing for school, struggled with boring English classes, or can remember what elements you truly enjoyed in your high school English class, what advice would you pass my way? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jul 17, 2014 - 46 answers

Any helpful guidance for family member who is leaving High School?

I have a family member that has chosen to leave high school at 16. I need some help or resources for us to guide a constructive process. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Jul 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Resources for AP Composition Unit on Relationships

What have you read or watched that has changed the way you think about relationships, particularly what makes a good relationship? Bonus points for shorter texts and YouTube videos, but all texts should be approachable for high school juniors taking AP English for the first time. More specifics behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jul 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Explaining a Dress Code to 87 Holden Caufields

I'm a principal at a therapeutic high school and my students are railing against our school dress code now that the warmer weather is here. What's happening is that female students will be approached by female staff and the males vice versa, they are told their clothing is in violation of the school dress code, and they are given an opportunity to change/cover up. If the student refuses to comply with the dress code, they serve an in-school detention during lunch. If it happens twice, parents are called. But the kids are revolting. Literally. And in every sense of the word. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on May 16, 2014 - 55 answers

technology courses advice for parents of teenagers

My neighbor has young teenage children and asked me what tech-related material they should be studying in school to assure themselves of the best employment opportunities in the future. I would like to be able to give her the most informed answer possible, so I came here for assistance. What would you tell at 13-year-old who asks you what she or he should be sure to learn about to have the widest career options going forward?
posted by ranebo on Apr 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Getting a job at a private HS -- 1-2 years in the future.

Piggybacking off of this question to a certain extent -- what can I do now to make myself more attractive for teaching positions at privates high schools when I finish up my Ph.D.? [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Apr 7, 2014 - 9 answers

(Very) short plays appropriate for highschool aged students?

I'm looking to find a few very short, preferably one-act, plays that are appropriate for students 14-18. Classics are OK, but I'm definitely more interested in stuff that's more contemporary (post-45?). [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Mar 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Independent/boarding school admissions resources?

Looking for informational brochures/posters/websites/handouts aimed at students/parents about the school selection and application process for private boarding high schools in the United States or Canada; not for specific schools, but for the process in general. Links or descriptions are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by msittig on Jan 29, 2014 - 1 answer

Robots in fiction for a high school audience

What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Should I go to a reunion of people I haven't seen in 30+ years?

After high school, I pretty much disappeared off the radar of my crowd. I had my reasons, which weren't especially due to anyone I knew then, just my situation led me to make some changes to my locale and I lost touch with them over the years. Now that Facebook has made looking up people so easy, my posse from high school has tracked me down and wants me to attend a party, a reunion of sorts. One of our cohort passed away unexpectedly and they put out all the stops to locate me once they got wind I was still alive and kicking. [more inside]
posted by diode on Nov 3, 2013 - 27 answers

Ideas for Noisemakers to Get the Attention of a Loud Classroom

Hey folks! I am a high school biology teacher in Chicago Public Schools. I am trying to find a small, creative noisemaker I can use as a signal to get the class to quiet down so I can give instructions. Some teachers raise their hands - however, this doesn't really work when they are busy peering through microscopes. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Oct 29, 2013 - 43 answers

High school literary magazines: What do I need to know?

I'm going to be doing on-site critiques of high school literary magazines at an upcoming conference. I've worked as a reader and editor for several literary journals; what do I need to know about high school publications? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

High school sweethearts turned college breakup

Is it possible to love someone and want to "explore your options" at the same time? [more inside]
posted by xxxsweetambitionxxx on Oct 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me give my Sci-Fi Elective slightly more structure

As a sort of follow up to this question I posted last school year, I am now four weeks into the Sci-Fi elective and am worried about the lack of structure I have in my class. I'm looking for ideas/activities to do with my students in class. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Sep 17, 2013 - 15 answers

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