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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

Make computer not go to sleep - without admin access

I am a teacher lucky enough to have several classroom computers. I am a teacher unlucky enough to not have admin access to these computers. I am a teacher whose students can't type capital letters. Help! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Sep 2, 2016 - 18 answers

How to thank a teacher who hugely impacted me in the past?

About ten years ago (in grade school), I had an amazing teacher who had a huge, extremely positive impact on my life. I've seen him a few times since then, but never really thanked him for everything he did for me. How do I now say THANK YOU/give a thank you gift without being awkward about it? [more inside]
posted by tango! on Aug 20, 2016 - 17 answers

What is the ideal low-maintenance classroom pet?

I teach high school science and I like to keep organisms in the class to make it a dynamic space. Constraints - needs to be hearty, relatively low-maintenance, preferably able to easily withstand periods of non-care (3-day weekends or more). Bonus if it is unusual or has exciting behavior or developmental changes that students can observe. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Aug 14, 2016 - 30 answers

Career Advice for a Young, Indecisive Teacher

I'm a young teacher struggling to determine my future career and life path. Is having self doubt in spite of outward success normal? How can I go about being more decisive about my future? Boring details to follow! [more inside]
posted by Fastest Pokemon on Aug 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Online, specific school supply bargain shopping

I am looking for a relatively cheap, reliable bulk online source for three items for the next school year: sturdy, reusable luggage tags (or ideas for a better solution), plastic sheet protectors and 1" 3-ring binders. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on May 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Gift for my son's (exceptional)teacher Aide who has everything!!

My son is 18 years old and has special needs . He has been with this teacher aide for 6 years.She has helped him with academics, social skills and even made him get ready for college. She has made a huge difference in our son's life. She hasn't been working for money.She has everything in life. She is an amazing lady who is very smart,highly educated, worked in wall street and took this job to make a difference in someone's life. My son was very fortunate to have her. She loves my son and has helped him to become a young man heading to college. I can't compensate for everything she has done. [more inside]
posted by SunPower on Apr 28, 2016 - 19 answers

How To Convince Parents Not to Bring Their Sick Kids

I'm a music teacher and I also have severe upper respiratory allergies. I try everything I can to work on them however, I feel some parents are not holding their end of the bargain. They tend to bring their seemingly healthy child into a lesson when they're actually sick. I keep getting ill as a result and as a professional singer, I can't afford to get sick. I want to make a notice detailing what is sick before their child runs into a lesson. How should I address this issue? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 5, 2016 - 26 answers

Letter of appreciation to teacher with late-stage cancer?

I recently discovered that my inspirational secondary school art teacher, Mr W, has lung cancer. Reports from my family suggest that it could be late-stage and not being treated, though his wife says they are 'staying positive'. Can I convey my thanks and best wishes without intruding at this time? [more inside]
posted by doornoise on Mar 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Metadata and Academic Honesty

I'm teaching an undergraduate photography class this semester. I require that each assignment be photographed within the assignment period. I have a (very talented) student who twice has submitted photos he had in his archive rather than taking new images for the assignment--confirmed by checking the metadata in his images. Is there any chance that I'm wrong about this? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Feb 4, 2016 - 20 answers

My sister is dating the best friend of the teacher who abused her

My older sister was sexually abused by a teacher at our high school more than twenty years ago. She acted out a lot sexually as a teenager after that and briefly married a different teacher immediately after graduation. She divorced the second teacher and spent some time dating the first teacher, but then she married someone else and moved across the country. She has recently moved back, and has started dating a man who was, according to another family member, best friends with the first teacher. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2016 - 26 answers

point of view question

Hi, I am working on a story and I have a sentence that says, "Please give them the food packets." Can anyone tell me if that is second person point of view or if it's third person point of view. Thanks in advance.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Is there an iPad app that fits my needs?

I am a teacher, and I would like to use my iPad to organize my class notes. I'll describe my dream app and hopefully someone can tell me it exists. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Is my plan to change careers feasible? If not, how can I improve it?

Objective: Career change to technical writing. Obstacles: My current demanding job. Needing to relocate to place that actually has technical writing jobs. **Please help me determine the feasibility of my plan to relocate and change my career. Details inside.** [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Aug 16, 2015 - 9 answers

I need some advice mentoring kids

I'm a public school teacher and the school has implemented a new mentoring program. Each teacher has been given a list of about 15 kids to personally mentor. How should I approach this? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 9, 2015 - 13 answers

You deserve way more than an apple.

Help me brainstorm gifts for my daughter's early intervention team, who will be discharging us from care soon. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Jul 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Social platform based around repository of documents?

Would Ning be suitable for creating an online community based around sharing curriculum for educators of teachers? If not, what tools would be best? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jul 14, 2015 - 6 answers

1001 Crohn's Disease nights

Newly diagnosed with Crohn's. Many questions below. *with graphic details so don't read if you don't like poop* [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Jul 9, 2015 - 16 answers

Student - teacher relationships post graduation

I'm looking for examples of policies, laws, or other ways organizations deal with the dynamic of high school student and teacher romantic relationships immediately post-graduation, specifically on the teacher side of things. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on May 26, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I go about becoming a meditation teacher?

Mindfulness meditation has had a profound impact on my life and I'd like to be able to teach it to other people. I'm not looking for it to become anything like a career path, but I'd like to feel more confident about it when I am introducing it to somebody new. How can I do this? I'm looking for recommendations on courses (either online or located in the LA area) or reading material, ideally on the less expensive end.
posted by tumbleweedjack on Apr 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Teachers! Advice for private school interviews?

I have been invited to interview for full time teaching positions at several private (mostly Catholic) schools, in a few different states. I have substantial experience teaching in many diverse capacities in public schools, but no private. I've never attended a private school either. If you teach or have interviewed at a private school, what advice can you give? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Mar 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Demonstrating How Accommodations Help Kids on IEPs

I'm putting together a 1 hour training for new teachers who have little understanding of disabilities and how they affect teens in the classroom. Although I do annual presentations about this, I'd love to mix it up, make it more hands-on and understandable. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 5, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I go about finding a good private music composition teacher?

I've been out of college for about 15 years, where I minored in music composition, but I wouldn't say it was a complete education, although I'm pretty good on basic theory, counterpoint, modulating, etc. In the meantime I've done a bit of film and video game music on the side, but I really want to have a rigorous education in modern composition. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Nov 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Finding toddler teacher for early edu co-op Brooklyn

I'm trying to coordinate an "on-site playgroup" for 3 hours a day (9am-12pm), five days a week for 5-6 of our local kiddos (2 years old) beginning in September 2015. The idea is that we could hire a new early education grad to come to an apartment to lead organized activities with our children with the assistance of a helper, probably our current nanny. [more inside]
posted by demonstartivepapadonous on Nov 17, 2014 - 3 answers

Advice for trainee teachers

I've been training as a teacher for the last two months and it occurred to me that there might be an Ask a Manager type resource for teachers, particularly related to issues that arise in the classroom. Some caveats: [more inside]
posted by Laura_J on Nov 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Resources and Research on Talking to Overwhelmed Kids

As a teacher, I regularly have contact with kids who are feeling some very strong emotions. Many of these children are coming to terms with a separation or divorce in their families. So I’m hoping that the hivemind can help me find resources about how to talk to kids about their emotions, and especially what to do when they seem flooded. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Oct 5, 2014 - 6 answers


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

Toolbelt for the Tech Savvy Teacher

Help! I need a toolbelt-like sling or sash that I can wear in my classroom, to hold a tablet, pens and pencils, and a remote or two. Preferably something that doesn't look ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Aug 21, 2014 - 10 answers

$250 worth of classroom awesomeness.

I have been given a $250 stipend to spend on classroom materials. I have no idea what to buy. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Aug 11, 2014 - 21 answers

Someone I admire committed horrible crimes.

This question is about a professor I had in college. The crime in question involves child porn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2014 - 25 answers

Teaching/Refugee Education Jobs in Seattle, WA?

I'm planning to move to Seattle in the fall and hope to work with the international/refugee population there, specifically Somalis. Which organizations are the best for international/ESL/refugee education or support for women and children? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic on Jun 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Gift for retiring Chemistry teacher in high school

Need ideas for good gift for Retiring male Chemistry teacher who has been a great teacher and helped my son a lot.I want to give him a memorable gift but not too fancy because he is a very simple man.
posted by SunPower on May 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Special Education Extension NYC

Hi, to facilitate possibly switching schools/towns later, I'm considering adding on the 12 credit Special Education/Students with Disabilities extension on to my existing NY Math 7-12 license. Does anyone have any experience with this? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on May 22, 2014 - 0 answers

When should I talk to the school about a teacher harrassing my child?

My 14 year old said his teacher placed (put?) (stuffed?) toilet paper in his mouth, to punish him for talking in class. This incident happened about two months ago; should I say something now, or wait until school is out (in 4 weeks?) details inside. [more inside]
posted by KillaSeal on May 5, 2014 - 53 answers

Using ICT in primary (elementary) schools - what shall I say?

I'm a career changer and coming to the end of training to be a teacher. There's a job going in my current school, including responsibility for ICT and I'd love to apply for it. The problem is, I'm too new to be fully qualified for it as it stands - but it's a fantastic school and I'd really love to teach there. I plan to have a conversation with the Head to ask them to let me at least apply, so that I'd be considered alongside the other, more experienced, candidates. Then they can decide whether to interview me and whether my potential outweighs my lack (so far) of experience as a teacher. I'm putting together some proposals to show to them, as part of my planned 'pitch'. My line will be 'I'm new but I have loads of great ideas' - and that's where I need your help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Help us with a good title and decor for 4th grade science fair project

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]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 24, 2014 - 20 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

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

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