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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

 

What's my career

Help me find a new career where I don't have to take my job home with me. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Nov 13, 2013 - 29 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

Singing lessons in Northern Virginia

Does anyone have recommendations for a voice teacher in the DC area, preferably Northern Virginia? I'm a 58-year old male lead singer in a band. The band does mostly rock and country, with bluegrass and Great American Songbook stuff thrown in for good measure. I'm interested in extending my baritone range (I don't have a head voice or falsetto at all) and increasing power and volume. A couple of years ago I bought Roger Love's Set Your Voice Free, and I practice the vocal exercises daily, but that's the extent of my formal practice.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Is Office 365 university for mac able to be bought by teachers?

Hi, I am a high school teacher in the UK (11-18). Can I buy office 365 for mac at (£54) and be eligible to install it? It is unclear about the installation process. I have my school email, bank slips etc. but it is not a .ac address so do I need to get the home and student addition instead? Don't want to waste money either way! Thanks
posted by starrjenny on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

A fruitful pastime for a retired teacher

How can a retired teacher (in her 60s) spend her time wisely? Keep in mind she has difficulty walking (she uses a cane because of her hip). She likes to watch old movies but it isn't very healthy sitting around all day. She likes to write poetry and short stories, but she feels down most of the time and doesn't feel like writing much. I really want her do something that would make her feel better without compromising her delicate health situation. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 12, 2013 - 19 answers

I am looking for ideas in teaching children spanish

I am new to teaching, and will be teaching spanish once a week for one hour to 8 or less children who are in reception and year 1 (4 to 6 years old). Do you have any ideas to what I can do? I have looked online and have some ideas but more are appreciated, I am quite nervous! [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Oct 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Tell me about your experience going back to school to get a Master of Ed

I'm thinking of returning to school (I have a BA) to become a teacher. What are your experiences, stories, insights, and words of caution? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me make more money as a retired substitute teacher! (Cleveland)

I am a recently retired elementary school teacher living in a suburb of Cleveland. I have again caught the teaching bug and am doing substitute teaching at schools near my home almost every weekday using a program my son found for me online (aesop Jobulator). I love the work, but the pay is just $80-85/day: Decent, but not what I want to be making with my experience and degrees. I would like to make a bit - or a lot! - more so I can save up some money, travel to Japan and visit my son next year. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Sep 12, 2013 - 6 answers

How to track down a teacher

Is it possible to track down a teacher through the NYC public school system? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Esl teacher career advice

I'm interested in possibly becoming an esl teacher. I know I can move to another country, but I might just end up staying in the states and teach to adults. Good idea? Is it in demand? Opportunity for growth? Other questions.... [more inside]
posted by eq21 on Jul 9, 2013 - 9 answers

How do you deal with an adult bully at night school?

I teach a late evening class for young adults (aged mostly 18-20) in an impoverished school one night a week. I have recently been having trouble with one disruptive young man. He interrupts the lesson by arriving late, entering in a purposefully noisy way, shouting greetings to other students, making entirely inappropriate comments (e.g.: about sport results or his last night adventure)in a loud voice throughout the lesson and making verbal sexual advances on female classmates, everything conducted in a clear attempt to become the center of attention. [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Jun 22, 2013 - 36 answers

I want to become a primary teacher even though most do not support me.

I have just graduated from university with a bachelor of science in environmental sciences. My dad would love for me to continue down that route and become an environmentalist. I want to be a primary teacher and he is not happy with that decision. [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

How to say "au revoir mon professeure" in a slightly more creative way?

This week, my daughter (a sophomore in high school) will be bidding adieu to her French teacher, who is is retiring. Daughter is artistic and has decided to make a card for Madame but is looking for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on May 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Rising through the ranks - becoming an outstanding teacher (in the UK)

How and how quickly can I progress from being a trainee teacher this September to helping to run a school as part of its leadership team? [more inside]
posted by monster max on May 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Tell me about teacher stereotypes

I want to know what typical ideas of typical teachers the public has. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 9, 2013 - 30 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

Gift ideas for a 6-month tour, a 6-month tour...

You just retired from being a high school English teacher and are now about to embark on a long mutiple country voyage on a boat with your husband. What would be an awesome gift for you from a former student, assuming space on the boat is limited? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Dec 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Friendship is Magic

How do I tell my instructor that I would like to see him socially after the class is over without sounding like a stalker? You would think being direct would be the simple answer, but I am feeling socially awkward about the whole thing and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Dec 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Disability Insurance Denied

Understanding my insurance company's decision to deny my Long Term Disability claim [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Dec 2, 2012 - 7 answers

social worker vs. elementary school teacher

How would you compare a career in social work with elementary school teaching? Given that underlying values overlap so much, how might you decide which would spark more passion, happiness, and success? (Not that any career is perfect.) [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Nov 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Songless in Seattle

I'm considering taking singing lessons to increase overall confidence, voice volume and projection, and get some musical fix. Recommendations for a private singing teacher in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by E3 on Oct 30, 2012 - 1 answer

A memorable teacher

I'm looking for the name and author of a story I read in the early 1960s about a family of migrant workers in the US or Canada. They live in their truck. The young daughter is the central character. [more inside]
posted by mareli on Oct 24, 2012 - 3 answers

My whole time service

My employment contract has the following line in it "Employees are expected to devote their whole time service to the work". Can anyone explain what "whole time service" means in respect to employment? I'm a teacher in the UK.
posted by Morsey on Oct 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Oh the Humanities!

What qualifications do I need to teach humanities, beyond the normal education teachery qualifications? Victoria, Australia, to be specific. I am a Spanish/English methods teacher, but would love some more advice on applying for all those English/Humanities jobs out there. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for classic children's literature to read to my class of five year olds

Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Sep 15, 2012 - 32 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

Do I listen to 8 year old or let her read quietly for summer homework?

Should I let my 8 year old read out loud to me for summer reading comprehension? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 6, 2012 - 20 answers

Can I still be a teacher with a DWI arrest on my record?

Can I become a teacher with a DWI arrest on my record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for ukulele groups/choirs in MD

Can you help me find a ukulele choir or group in Maryland, specifically Montgomery or Frederick Counties? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jun 20, 2012 - 4 answers

As a token of my gratitude, please take this _________________

Please help me brainstorm a good gift for my teaching mentor! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jun 15, 2012 - 7 answers

The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.

My younger brother has just finished tenth grade. His math teacher was a martinet. His math teacher next year might turn out to be one too. How can I help my brother cope with this kind of instructor? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 13, 2012 - 21 answers

Finding Summer Research Opportunities

Help me think of summer research opportunities for teachers/post-baccs. [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on May 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Feeding the Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Lunch. What goes with submarine sandwiches, potato chips, and pasta salad? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 2, 2012 - 23 answers

Help me find new and fun ways of getting my students' attention

Calling all teachers, camp counselors, parents, educators, and others with related experiences: share your best call-and-response attention-getters! Most of mine have grown stale and I want to mix it up. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Apr 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Please help brainstorming a new and better paying career.

Please help brainstorming a new and better paying career. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 21, 2012 - 7 answers

how to kindly reject the piano teacher

How to talk to my daughter's piano teach about stopping our lesson with her. Truth is, we need a better teacher. But we have used her for about four years. I worry about hurting her feelings by being honest with her. Need help approaching the piano teacher. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Feb 2, 2012 - 13 answers

I took some courses after my BA as an independent student. How should I describe this on my resume?

I took some courses after my BA as an independent student. How should I describe this on my resume? [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Jan 12, 2012 - 11 answers

So I actually CAN make money from home...

I'm looking for a fully online MA program in TESOL or a related field like Applied Linguistics, that is NOT meant for K-12 public school teaching, with the aim of professionalizing myself as an English tutor. I found the New School's program here, that would certainly cover all my bases, but I simply wouldn't be able to afford the cost. Can you help me find other options? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jan 9, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I get my kid's teacher for Christmas?

Giftfilter: Teachers, tell me what gifts you most like to receive from your (elementary school) students at Christmas and the end of the year. [more inside]
posted by looli on Dec 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Seeking: Mentor/Protege

Recommendations for stories about the mentor/protege dynamic that are sexy. Bonus points if both parties are female. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

become a public speaking teacher?

How does one become a public speaking teacher? Is this an actual job? I am in the UK but worldly advice welcome?
posted by parmanparman on Nov 27, 2011 - 11 answers

What gift to give the World's Greatest Teacher?

What stocking-stuffer-sized gift can I get for my boyfriend, an aspiring teacher? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Is teaching a calling?

How happy are you with your 2nd career as a public school teacher? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Nov 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Help Me Find the Perfect Teacher Cart

I am a teacher who travels to a different school each day of the week (sometimes two). Help me find the perfect folding cart / luggage cart / hand truck system to haul all of my crap around! [more inside]
posted by rossination on Nov 3, 2011 - 6 answers

high school classroom needs calculators

What's the quickest and cheapest way for a new high school science teacher to get 40 matching scientific calculators? The school is inner-city with a high poverty rate and limited resources. Are there donation programs available for this sort of thing, or are there retailers with discount programs? [more inside]
posted by beandip on Oct 28, 2011 - 15 answers

how to find a good teacher to teach painting for kids

My 10 yr old daughter loves arts. She likes to do all kinds of crafts. She also like to draw and paint. She has been taking drawing lessons. But the problem is that she doesn't like her drawing teacher. She told me that she does not want to spend time learning sketching, drawing still life. She found trying to draw people very frustrating. She said that she wants to just learn painting. She enjoys playing with colors and patterns. So I decide to look around for more suitable teachers. But without much knowledge of on this subject myself, I want to know if there are teachers who would teach kids painting without trying to build basic drawing skills. How to talk to art teachers to see if they can work well with my daughter. Will a better teach be able to motivate her into practicing drawing with less frustration? Thanks
posted by akomom on Oct 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Everything there is to know about teaching

Resources and inspiration for a potential teacher-to-be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Help approaching a teacher -

How to approach a public school substitute teacher that may have something against my niece? My niece needs to improve her grade, and I don't know the best way - long - [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Sep 15, 2011 - 25 answers

How to help my abused student?

One of my university students is being physically, mentally and emotionally abused by their parents and has asked me for help. What can/should I do as their teacher? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 13 answers

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