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Do kids still do The Dougie?

I want to have some fun with my 7th grade students. I'm looking for clean and school-appropriate songs to let them sing and dance to. Do they still do The Dougie, or is that over? What are some other song/dance crazes that the kids are into now that wouldn't get me fired from my school for playing it for them?
posted by archimago on Apr 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Middle East Conflict Film Suggestions

Hi There, Can anyone think of movies that deal with Middle East centric conflict from the 60's to now - possibly with one or two female protagonists, issues with child custody, royalty, Arafat? Or any great documentaries that show the 20th century history of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict? Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Apr 7, 2014 - 12 answers

great places for dogs around Nashville?

I am looking for places that are fun, interesting, and accessible to take my 3 dogs (2 seniors, hound and std.schnauzer, and 3-year-old sheltie) off leash, or on a long nylon lead. I know the three official dog parks here in town, which are fine up to a point but a bit boring after a while. We were all spoiled when we lived on the west coast, when the seniors were young: park areas like the beach at Kelly Point, near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette, or one federal reserve area outside of town, seem like a dream now (even Shelby Park in Memphis was great). Even after they started to regulate that beach, you could still have dogs off-leash within range of the water, and enforcement was relaxed. I understand that dogs can't be allowed to roam free in park settings, but have heard that there are locations, for instance along the Harpeth, where people and dogs go for this purpose. Any ideas? (no lectures, please - I agree that people and wildlife are more important.)
posted by mmiddle on Mar 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain every night with no explanation from doctors. Looking for explanation. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Mar 15, 2014 - 14 answers

marriage on the rocks. need advice.

Never has been a blissful marriage but is it time to throw in the towel and move on? Twenty four years in the chute, one kid in college out of the house, the other living at home in high school. Especially caustic relationship since summer. No sex in months. She works all the time, I'm out of work. Growing further and further apart. But I will want to make it work yet she doesn't seem interested in putting in the effort. Emptiness in the pit of my stomach but I will do what I have to do. Interested in anyone's experiences in situations such as this. Is it worth fighting to keep things together? What about the kids? Is it better on the other side of relationships like this? I'm at a crossroads and need to figure this out. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2014 - 34 answers

Am I too old (51) to go to grad school?

I have been thinking about getting my pHD—for a couple of reasons. Though I am a very well-established and published non-fiction author, I have been up for a few teaching positions lately and have been told that my lack of an advanced degree (I have a BA) is holding me back. In addition, I simply am interested in going deeper with my work; the degree I am considering is in geography, though history of science also intrigues me. The question: am I crazy to be thinking of this at my age? I don't want to get a degree strictly as a "broadening my knowledge" proposition—I want to be able to use it and to teach. But we're seriously talking being the oldest guy in the class, most likely. So, my questions: is it worthwhile? will it help me find employment teaching? does my existing experience count for anything? and where do I start? Thoughts, answers, advice...all appreciated. Thanks.
posted by soulbarn on Nov 11, 2013 - 23 answers

How do you end a friendship when you're eleven?

I'm all about the slow fade for friendships that aren't working, but I'm 34 and my daughter is 11. It doesn't work that way in middle school. [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Oct 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Middle School Woes

Help me understand my daughter's middle school transition. Please. [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Sep 22, 2013 - 73 answers

Find role model for middle school student with sorting talent

Which famous person in history is know for being neat, good at sorting and organizing thing? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Sep 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school?

Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school? How? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Sep 19, 2012 - 32 answers

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours?

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous on Sep 15, 2012 - 11 answers

NPR podcasts/radio shows for middle schoolers?

NPR podcasts/radio shows for middle schoolers? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Sep 12, 2012 - 10 answers

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies?

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Need "hook" for 7th grade lesson

I am a technology specialist and I am designing a lesson for 7th graders on stereotypes, racism, getting along, choices and I need a "hook". [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Apr 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Predict test questions or read them all?

Is it better to predict a test answer then look for the choice that matches or read through each answer choice on middle school standardized tests? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Mar 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Gym games for 13 year olds?

Fun PE Games for middle school kids? (Stuff you can play in a gym with 30 kids and fairly good ball/mat/whatever resources) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 17, 2012 - 13 answers

What kind of car would a well to do family drive in the year 1968?

What car would a well-to-do family drive in the year 1968? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks on Jan 12, 2012 - 24 answers

friend to the left of me, girlfriend to the right, here i am

My best friend and girlfriend hate each other. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Apr 23, 2011 - 22 answers

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)- how prevalent is it?

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)- how prevalent is it? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Apr 4, 2011 - 3 answers

History of self-immolation

Mefibooks: History of self-immolation in the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Jan 20, 2011 - 3 answers

It's Not Exactly A Secret, Sweetie, but Maybe You Shouldn't Tell Everyone That You Have OCD

My 12-year old 6th grade son wants to mention that he has OCD for an in-class project and I don't know how to handle this. I know as a middle school teacher that his audience may not respond the positive/neutral way he thinks they will and while I want as a mommy to spare him unnecessary peer nastiness, I also don't want him to think OCD is something to hide. Help. [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Nov 30, 2010 - 30 answers

How to coach soccer at Junior High?

Can you help me become a passable soccer coach for middle school? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Sep 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Middle School Technology

Calling All Current Middle School Teachers and Parents of Middle Schoolers For Technology Information [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Sep 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Egypt-bound?

Adventures By Disney announced today that they will be travelling to Egypt in 2011... is this a good idea for us? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 21, 2010 - 17 answers

Has Tony Blair done anything worthwhile?

Has former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair actually contributed at all to Middle East Peace? I mean this in his capacity as "Middle East Peace Envoy". [more inside]
posted by Biru on Jul 5, 2010 - 8 answers

The death of a king

Thomas Mallory's La Morte D'Athur has a french spelling for its title. Was Mallory's story originally written in french, old french, or middle english, or something else. If it was written in middle english, as we suspect, why does it have a french title?
posted by Sparx on May 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Where can I find a school?

Anyone know of a middle school within driving distance of Fairfield County, CT that operates with open classrooms?
posted by archimago on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for great Middle Eastern/Indian music suggestions.

I love this song "Aik Alif" by Noori And Saieen Zahoor on YouTube. I love music from the Middle East/India but have no idea where to find other great songs to listen to. Any suggestions or recommendations? Here is the song on YouTube: "Aik Alif" by Noori And Saieen Zahoor
posted by Hates_ on Feb 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Good books / Documentaries on the Middle East?

Good books or documentaries about the middle east [more inside]
posted by happydude123 on Dec 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Looking for books on building military castles (ca. Middle Ages-era)

I am looking for resources (preferably books) on how castles were built, say, why stairs are spiralled in one direction and not the other, or what are the pros&cons of circular towers vs. octagonal ones, or the considerations for putting internal and external defence rings, the height and thickness of walls, or the differences between how the castles were built in different countries, etc. Thanks in advance!
posted by noztran on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Middle School book club for adults!

Middle School book club for adults! A group of friends and I have recently started a book club featuring middle school literature. The first book we read was The Giver and the resulting discussion was amazing. I am looking for more books like this - young adult literature with larger themes. We have also considered Island of the Blue Dolphins and A Wrinkle in Time. What other books would you recommend?
posted by koselig on Nov 18, 2009 - 83 answers

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

working in Qatar for young women

Expat life in Doha, Qatar: I am likely to relocate in two weeks to a country I have never been to. My biggest concerns are 1) the work environment in general and specifically for a young American woman trying to get things done in an industrial, engineering position and 2) the social life for said young women, who are used to having a lot of guy friends. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Oct 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Kids Gone Wild.

teacherfites: I've been a pretty decent middle school special educator for a few years now, working with all kinds of disabilities but most of my kids have behavioral issues. Not to be overconfident, but want to mention I've been nominated as Teacher of the Year in my state, but more importantly, I've become the go-to confidante for almost all of my students. So far, so good. [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Sep 24, 2009 - 23 answers

Skirts and Rushes: a Medieval Mystery

Drafty castles, stone construction, floors strewn with rushes, noble ladies' trailing gowns... Anyone who's read any historical fiction set in the Middle Ages is familiar with these popular Medieval motifs, but I have been troubled by a number of questions about these items. Perhaps we have some period history mavens who can ease my confusion? (Warning: Long! Strewn! Possibly moldy.) [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 23, 2009 - 28 answers

Best books on the middle ages?

I'm looking for the best books about life in the middle ages. I am keeping the question as open as possible but I do have a few areas of specific interest. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Mar 14, 2009 - 25 answers

Multi-tasking in the Middle East.

Multi-tasking in the Middle East -- planning a trip to the region and have a few goals to accomplish. Besides being a vacation, this trip is also equal parts family reunion and cultural diaspora study (personal, not academic). Looking for tips on this kind of trip! [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet on Jan 18, 2009 - 4 answers

I promise to be a better father.

FamilyFilter: My family’s problems over the past 20+ years culminated into one huge fight over Christmas. I need to know where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2008 - 20 answers

Best SF Middle Schools?

SFMiddleSchoolFilter. Help me figure out which are the best and worst San Francisco middle schools [more inside]
posted by asavage on Sep 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Victorian era travel journals and exploration books?

I'm looking for historical travel journals and books in the public domain. Specifically I'm interested in anything related to Victorian era exploration of the middle east and central Asia. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Middle School History Project

My 13 year old daughter asked for help in coming up with ideas for a paper she needs to write for her history class. She needs to write about any historical event or figure that can be used to illustrate both conflict and compromise. I am trying to come up with a topic that would be fun for her to research but not so common that 1/2 the class will be writing about the same thing. Any ideas?
posted by superduperfly on Sep 10, 2007 - 33 answers

Hello, I'll be your substitute teacher today. My Indian-name is He-who-breaths-erratically-into-paper-bag...

How can I be a good substitute teacher for middle and high school kids? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Apr 30, 2007 - 18 answers

Translate my t-shirt; Farsi? Arabic?

Great graphic on this t-shirt, but we've curious as to what it actually says (if anything). It looks like farsi to me, but I could be wrong. The t-shirt in question
posted by wolfsleepy on Apr 9, 2007 - 27 answers

Going to Beirut

I'm considering a stop in Beirut for a few days in late April on my way back from Syria to the US. Any recommendations on things to see or places not to miss? On that note, things to be particularly careful about right now? Unfortunately my stay is limited to about 3 days.
posted by pranalaxmi on Mar 22, 2007 - 2 answers

I want amba sauce.

I am craving a recipe for amba sauce. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Feb 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Hygiene in the Middle Ages

Hygiene in the Middle Ages to 19th century [more inside]
posted by victorashul on Jan 24, 2007 - 15 answers

Calling all Middle Eastern music buffs...

I'm looking for a Cheb Mami song which makes use, I think, of bagpipes. It's a very danceable song with a catchy chorus and was/is quite popular - I know I've heard it in NY and Cairo.
posted by anonymous78 on Nov 27, 2006 - 3 answers

Identify this Middle Eastern song.

MidEastMusicFilter: Ethnomusicologists and Middle Eastern-music fans, can you identify this song? And, in any case, can you tell me more about the style of music to which it belongs?
posted by mykescipark on Sep 18, 2006 - 9 answers

Pop Song Analogies

For a Friend: What are some songs about about people who used to see eye to eye, but now they hate each other and can't un­der­stand each other? Or about righteous people trying to smash down lower people? [more inside]
posted by ruwan on Mar 22, 2006 - 39 answers

What is the deal with Santa Claus

Does Santa have a middle name?
posted by Botunda on Dec 17, 2005 - 17 answers

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