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Help me find political and economic simulation games for 12-16 y.o.

As part of our schools enrichment program, I'd like to do an intro to global politics and economics for 12-16 year old students. As a culminating activity, I'd like to run a few different simulations to give the students a chance to put their new knowledge to work. More snowflake specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Online education: turning graduates into a community of mentors?

I am part of an online philosophical community with an optional mentoring scheme. Those who complete enough lessons from a bank of hundreds graduate and can then become mentors to others, but few stay; how can I foster a sense of community amongst these graduates and encourage them to stick around to become valuable mentors to the waiting students? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Aug 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Now get this work-work-work-work, working on my sheets

What is the best site, app, or program for kids' worksheets? Math, science, handwriting, grammar, etc. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Lesson plan ideas for the last few days of school (in China)

Exams are done, grades are submitted, and we still have class? Yeah, I have up to 6 45-minute periods left with my grade 10 and 11 students next week that I would rather not fill with nothing but movies. I need ideas for something else to do with ~35 Chinese teenagers. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Jun 14, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I promote a writing workshop in NYC

I’m looking for ideas on how I might attract students for a fiction writing workshop I’d like to teach. [more inside]
posted by swheatie on Mar 5, 2014 - 3 answers

How would you characterize Phys Ed in k-12 US schools?

At work, I've just started a project on phys ed, and I need some background info. I've contacted a few PE professionals' organizations, but haven't heard back yet. I'd like to know... [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Feb 19, 2014 - 17 answers

How to manage emotions when teaching

How do you keep yourself from getting too emotionally invested in your students and your teaching? My day can be made or destroyed by my students and the extent to which this happens makes me uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Dec 31, 2013 - 17 answers

Picture Book Filter

Do children care about old, out-of-date picture books? Should I weed these books? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Prize suggestions for college engineers

Several teams of engineering students are giving presentations. The class will vote for the winning teams. What kind of prizes can I give? [more inside]
posted by dublin on May 6, 2013 - 20 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

How do I contact English, Literature, and Drama teachers in NYC?

I want to offer super-cheap ($10 to free) Shakespeare tickets to educators and their students in the NYC area. I'm interested in contacting both high school and college teachers. Would they likely welcome this or consider it spam? Is there some kind of message board or other resource I can use to contact these folks.
posted by grumblebee on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Renting or borrowing Macs - Bay Area

Is there an avenue in the Bay Area for renting or borrowing a Mac, especially for (grad) students? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Correlating names between two spreadsheets

I need to correlate two spreadsheets which relate to the same group of people. The name data is messy, however, and I'm having a hard time matching the names. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

NYC student discounts for older part-time students?

What are the best student discounts in New York City for non-traditional students? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Affordable Student Housing in SF

I'm looking for the San Francisco equivalent of Australia's UniLodge - basic student housing without tons of frills. Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Just Say Yes or No!

What's the best way to ask people to do what they say they will do and to answer emails? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 14, 2012 - 37 answers

finding good budget accommodation near art students league

I will travel from Ireland to study at The Art Students League on 57th St. Any recommendation on finding an adjacent good room to rent, or within easy access in a safe secure neighbourhood, as my budget is very tight. I would also be happy to swap accommodation or hospitality/study period. Thanks
posted by helen frances on Aug 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Yo soy 132.. why 132?

Ths a new political movement in Mexico lead by university students called #YoSoy132. What exactly does their name signify? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jun 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Let's not get back problems this young

What non-computer based activities can I use to teach video game development to 10-12 year olds? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Jun 6, 2012 - 21 answers

biggish group of design students traveling to Paris suggestions

Paris filter: A group of 17 design students in their early 20s will spend 3 days in Paris next week. The aim of the trip is to visit places related to books: Bibliotheque National, shakespeare bookstore, beaubourg etc. We're looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller on May 22, 2012 - 22 answers

Helping students become computer literate?

Help high school students learn computers and improve their resumes-I am looking for a basic microsoft office certification that my organization could buy and administer to students. Preferably it would have the training and test included. I was searching on the microsoft website and its very confusing. Any ideas?
posted by tessalations999 on Jan 4, 2012 - 7 answers

"This is not grade school; there are no effort marks" seems like a bad response...

Teachers & Academics: what are your tricks for dealing with difficult / entitled students? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on Dec 6, 2011 - 36 answers

Holiday Sweets for Fellow Students

Two part question: 1) What attractive, low-fuss, preferably holiday-themed sweet can I make in bulk this weekend, and 2) what would be a creative and attractive packing solution for these said sweets? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Dec 2, 2011 - 20 answers

DC area ok for Chinese students?

(Passed on from an ESL teacher friend of mine, who got the question from one of her students...) A group of Chinese businessmen will be coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging accommodation on Michigan Ave. NE, and they're 1) worried about safety, and 2) wondering what the area is like. [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Computer lab maintenance needed

I manage a classroom of about 30 laptops. Because we we have no funding for upgrades it is up to me to keeps these things running. Everything my students do is web based, so a bootable CD running some form of kiosk type OS that serves up only a browser seems like a perfect choice. Can someone recommend a solution or even suggest another way to manage the lab?
posted by Mantix on Sep 23, 2011 - 10 answers

engage with expression theory

Can anyone recommend an interesting activity that I can get philosophy students to engage in, to accompany a seminar on the expression theory of art? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Sep 16, 2011 - 6 answers

5 minute games to play in class?

What are some great 5 minute long games to play with students at the middle school level? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Creating an audio/video recording studio in a school

As part of a larger project, I'm building a $3,500-$5,000 audio/video recording studio on a school campus. It isn't a ton of money, but it should be enough to do some interesting things. What would you do with this budget? [more inside]
posted by xorowo on Aug 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Second Grade Teaching Resources?

I'm used to fourth graders - what are the best resources to prepare for my first time teaching second grade? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 15, 2011 - 5 answers

We shall overcome - on film? About education?

What are some great films about disadvantaged/disenfranchised/non-traditional/non-English speaking students pursuing further education, encountering obstacles, overcoming those obstacles and succeeding? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Structuring your time before exams

I'd like some diverse ideas on how to "design" a study plan for final examinations. What works for you? What are your theories on the best way to study? (*example scenario inside) [more inside]
posted by KLF on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

What on Earth was going on in Venice?

I was in Venice for a few days at the end of March, and several times saw young people in the street participating in a weird ritual: they would read out a passage from a hand-made poster, the crowd would laugh, and someone would attack them with a foodstuff -- I saw a lot of flour, once a meat tray, and an unfortunate soul having canned whipped cream injected down his pants. What? [more inside]
posted by ffrinch on Apr 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Who needs the help of 120 7th-graders for a day?

Chicago filter: Where can I take 120 13-year-olds to do a service day in June? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Don't Give Them 50 Math Problems if They Can Only Do 10 to Prove Mastery. Sheesh.

Teacherfilter: I had a crazy idea and want to know how/if I can make this work. The problem? There are over 500 regular education teachers in our system who would benefit from easily understood information about disabilities but more importantly, HOW to create IEP-directed classroom accommodations (y'know, like a kid needs materials distilled or a word bank, etc.). [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Nov 21, 2010 - 18 answers

"Yo, just got back from the Coliseum. Someone slayed THREE lions today!"

What are some interesting culturally specific conversations students around the world might be having with their friends, parents, or teachers? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Oct 31, 2010 - 16 answers

How do I keep my students busy?

Calling all teachers! (or people with great ideas!) Any suggestions for activities I can have students do who finish their work early? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Sep 13, 2010 - 34 answers

Best location for college students on a spring trip?

A group of us students are given the opportunity to go abroad over the Spring Break week in a (predominately) non-english speaking country. The location is up to us (war zones are of course off limits. I'm unsure of the distance limit, I believe South-East Asia is too far away, and St. Petersburg is the only option for Russia) and the cost is subsidized quite a bit. The purpose of the visit isn't for lounging around and seeing sites though, we will be conducting individual research in order to make a ~50 minute presentation back home. Obviously this is something that will come from the desires of the group, but I was hoping to get some input from the educated masses here at MeFi so that I could relay it back to the rest of the group.
posted by SollosQ on Aug 31, 2010 - 18 answers

What movies inspired you as a youngster?

Seeking suggestions for inspirational short films or videos appropriate for teens. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jul 28, 2010 - 11 answers

¡USA! ¡USA!

I'm looking for English-language blogs written by international students attending school in the United States. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on May 25, 2010 - 2 answers

What to do about teaching and the internet?

How do I keep my students off the internet during lecture? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Apr 15, 2010 - 128 answers

How do I explain programming to a 12-year-old?

Looking for some resources for explaining a programming career to middle school kids. [more inside]
posted by tantivy on Mar 17, 2010 - 8 answers

conversation classes

How to structure a series of conversation classes for foreign students (15-18 years) with little or basic knowledge of english? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Mar 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Some inexpensive places to eat for young people in St Louis

Could anyone recommend some good places to eat for a group of six college students and two professors in St Louis this weekend? Specific locations inside [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me come up with ideas for a non-awkward social event for a group of 150-200 students!

I work at a law school and one of my responsibilities is to run a student host program that matches up the international graduate students in my department's degree program with American J.D. student hosts (a sort of law school big brother/big sister program). I am trying to plan an event for the program participants (150-200 people) and am having issues coming up with something that is fun, relatively inexpensive, and will stimulate social interaction between the students. [more inside]
posted by HeKilledKennedy on Mar 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Hiveminded Social Experiments

I teach a "Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences" course. I want to help my students come up with good ideas for their own personal social experiments... a la Supersize Me kind of thing but without the element of danger. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by madred on Feb 26, 2010 - 17 answers

Student newspapers that don't suck?

Student newspapers that don't suck? [more inside]
posted by oneous on Feb 24, 2010 - 17 answers

I need help spicing up second grade.

Since I don't necessarily care if I get fired at the end of the year, what can I do to make this a memorable and completely awesome school year for my second graders? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Sep 28, 2009 - 59 answers

Speak to me of broke-ass students

Are you a broke-ass student? Were you a broke-ass student? Please give me your best tips and slightly insane ideas for surviving as an impoverished scholar. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Sep 11, 2009 - 42 answers

Metafilter:Guidelines :: Apartment:???

What are some things you wish you knew (or were glad you knew) before you moved into your first apartment with roommates? I'm looking for methods of splitting up chores, cooking, finances, resolving disputes, and dealing with common problems.
posted by yaymukund on Aug 5, 2009 - 40 answers

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