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I would like to apply to earn my California Teaching Credentials, but a checkered history of past transgressions may disqualify me. Worth it to try anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Should I ask to postpone this job interview?

I've started applying to school jobs that start next fall because I am on maternity leave until then. Not knowing how long the interview processes would take, I got started before the baby arrived. Now that she's here I'm getting requests for interviews and I'm not sure if I'm ready to take them! Some slightly TMI details inside. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Apr 27, 2016 - 13 answers

Advice for a New Law School Instructor

What advice and resources would you give someone teaching at law school (or the university level in general) for the first time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Best books and online resources for new public school teachers?

I'm an ESL teacher with several years of experience teaching adult ed. I'm transitioning to the public school system. I have my license but in order to interview well and actually teach public school students, I feel like I need to read up! I haven't had any formal education in teaching and I want to get myself up to speed this summer. What books and blogs would you recommend for a newish teacher? What books are read as part of Masters in Ed programs that are actually useful? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Apr 19, 2016 - 12 answers

programming/curriculum design resources

I have the opportunity to pitch a film screening/discussion series at a local music school where I take classes. I have no idea how to craft a pitch or put together a program of this sort. How do I begin? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Apr 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Best Resources to Teach a 6 Year Old to Read?

I'm entirely new to teaching young kids to read and wondered what the best materials are to go over the basics (phonics, letter formation, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Mar 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Advice on how to deal with failure? I lost my job due to depression.

I took a job in Mexico as an English teacher. Between dealing with culture shock and homesickness, moving away from my boyfriend, a major depressive episode, anxiety and panic, physical health issues, and experiencing an extreme trauma (was raped right before Christimas break)... well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best semester. I was just told that I will not be asked back next year. I was not planning on returning, but my self-esteem has taken a huge hit. How do I move forward after such an awful failure? [more inside]
posted by chocolatespaghetti on Mar 6, 2016 - 10 answers

I think I may need to offer my head up for hunting...

I'm a writer and former academic with a diverse skill set. I'm looking to make a major career transition, but am unsure how to find the kinds of jobs that I believe would be professionally satisfying to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2016 - 4 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

What do I do with my life?

I'm 22, I have an AA degree, and I'm currently substitute teaching and tutoring, but need a long-term, higher-paying job. I have bounced from idea to idea (schoolteacher, tutor, professor, pharmacist, accountant), but no careers seem to fit me and/or be reachable. Here is what I have tried and discovered so far: [more inside]
posted by drd on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

What would you expect in a proofreading class?

I've recently been recruited to teach in a graphic design vocational program, and what they've given me to teach is a module on proofreading. Sixty hours on proofreading. I taught one class this evening and can see that I'm going to have to pad this out – but with what? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Feb 17, 2016 - 14 answers

Life and career after teaching?

I have been a high school English teacher for 12 years. I have mostly loved my job and have been proud of my work. I have strong connections with my students, some of which have spanned a decade. However... The past few years in public education have been challenging for all of the wrong reasons (testing, indecisive admin, unprofessional colleagues). [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Feb 4, 2016 - 14 answers

Finding high interest / low reading level books

Does anyone have any suggestions for what books I could get for this student? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Jan 29, 2016 - 13 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

Tool or software for comparing weekly schedules of a group?

I need an efficient way to break a class into teams based on schedules. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jan 8, 2016 - 1 answer

Technical writing teachers: pedagogy resources and general advice

I taught college English for years, then transitioned to technical editing, where I've been working for almost two decades. I'd love to get back to teaching, but I thought it would be impossible. Now a friend of mine thinks my experience makes me a strong candidate for an upcoming opening as a teacher in his department. More inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Dec 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Feminist philosophy conceptual question

I'm trying to put together a reading list for an introductory philosophy of feminism class, and there's a concept that I can't articulate well enough to find any readings on! Recommendations? Concept inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Dec 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Songs That Teach Something

I'm looking for songs along the theme of teaching -- the only example I can think of right now is "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music... Not finding Google helpful so far. There must be more! Any type of music is fair game.
posted by trillian on Dec 1, 2015 - 24 answers

Effective lecturing tips?

I'm trying to improve my ability to lecture in an interesting and engaging way. I've made some progress and know some of the basic stuff - no text-heavy slides, no reading, trying to channel my enthusiasm for the topic - but I still feel my lectures fall a bit flat most of the time. [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Dec 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Ideas to teach a blind person

One of my pupils is visually impaired. I need to brush up on my teaching skills. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Dec 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Teaching English as a second language in Shanghai

Asking for my son. He has been teaching English as a Second Language in a few countries but is interested in moving to Shanghai for a teaching job. He has lots of experience, is very good with teaching young children, but does not have advanced certification. Anyone with helpful info and advice they might share about Shanghai and teaching there?
posted by Postroad on Nov 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Please recommend audiobooks or podcasts on craft of teaching.

Please recommend audiobooks or podcasts on craft of teaching
posted by Jon44 on Nov 21, 2015 - 2 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

I'd really like to teach

I'm thinking about changing careers, and what I've really always wanted to do is teach. But I'm not sure it's a reasonable goal at this stage, or what such a career would look like. Maybe someone out there can offer a suggestion. [more inside]
posted by rkriger on Nov 5, 2015 - 15 answers

What else have I not considered in teaching improv to young kids?

I'm going to be teaching two 30 minute sessions for children living in a homeless shelter while their parents attend a mandatory meeting. I've been a camp counselor, taught after-school programs, etc. so I have experience in this arena but I've never taught an improv class for such young kids (4-10). What games would you recommend? What else am I forgetting? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Oct 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me music my offspring

Where do music and piano teachers of beginners get their goodies - the piano key charts, the very basics for teaching music theory and the scaffolding that enable the path toward reading (and understanding) music? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Oct 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Effective strategies for helping kids deal with runaway emotions/tantrum

What successful strategies have you had for helping a kindergartener/young school age child deal with runaway emotions or prevent tantrums?
posted by drezdn on Oct 6, 2015 - 15 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

What are some tangible items that represent psychology?

I'm part of a psychology department at a very small college. We primarily use a couple of classrooms, which each have one wall filled with built-in cabinets and some shelves. They've remained pretty much empty since they were installed a few years ago. It just looks boring, and I want to put things there. Help? [more inside]
posted by bizzyb on Sep 28, 2015 - 34 answers

How to explain the word "derive?"

I'm subbing for a class and one of their vocab words this week is "derive." I've given them definitions and sample sentences but they are continuing to use it wrong. How can I explain it more clearly? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Sep 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Online video annotation tool, perhaps?

My beloved online video tool Popcorn Maker is being retired by Mozilla. Can anyone recommend a worthy replacement? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 14, 2015 - 1 answer

How to help students with ADD/ADHD in higher education?

Could you recommend resources (reading materials, interviews, blogs, names of experts in the field) to help me become a better teacher for adult students with ADD/ADHD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Do you trigger warning? Would you want one?

I teach college-level courses in a historical humanities field. My research and teaching both swim in a time period where the conceptualization of "consent," as we understand it today, was not in play. So I have to teach a lot of documents, images, novels, poems, and plays that... well, to be honest .... feature rape as a matter of course - often, in fact, as a comedic convention or as an important didactic touchstone. I teach a lot of works that also features graphic violence - again as part of a conventional, generic trope. And I teach a lot of radical political philosophy from [historical humanities field]. Do I need to include a trigger warning on my syllabus? If so, what does that look like? Do the graphic violence and/or radical politics also warrant a similar warning? And if so, what does that look like? [more inside]
posted by pinkacademic on Aug 28, 2015 - 28 answers

Help a luddite edit an old webpage

Please help me to reformat a table and make other simple changes to an old, ugly webpage in time for class on Monday. [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle on Aug 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Community Building for High School Students

I'm a high school teacher, and I was looking for ideas for building community and comfort in the classroom. I know one of my coworkers likes to play a game called "confessions" for extra credit. He pulls out a confession from a bag--where various students have revealed a little known fact about themselves--and the first person to guess the confession is awarded extra credit. Does anyone have ideas like this to build community in the classroom? I teach 10th graders in a suburban school district.
posted by pennylane61 on Aug 17, 2015 - 7 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

Where can I find good strategies for leading small group workshops?

Where can I find resources that describe innovative, interesting, and effective approaches to facilitating brief and/or small group workshops? An example (for a larger group) would be fishbowl conversations: an engaging, creative break from the "I talk, you guys discuss" model of conveying information. Bonus points for things that give both facilitator and participants an active role to play. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Aug 13, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I start working as an on-line coding instructor/mentor?

I'm an experienced but largely self-taught programmer. I'd like to earn money teaching other people to code, either on my own or (maybe when I get more documented experience) working for a company. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Aug 9, 2015 - 4 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

Community college HTML/CSS class - could use good resources, pointers

I am teaching a 14 week basic HTML/CSS class for community college students starting in a few weeks. It's my first time teaching younger adults and my first time teaching this class and I would love some advice and links to specific resources. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Aug 5, 2015 - 25 answers

Graduate advisor thinks I'm being taken advantage of at my new job.

I am a new teacher and also enrolled in an M.A. program for secondary education. Recently the head of the Education program at my university called me and gave a piece of her mind. She wants to contact either the principal or the superintendent. Should I take her up on this offer? Need to decide soon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Physical Computational Thinking

What are some fun physical games and activities that can be used to teach computational thinking? Good topics would be algorithmic processes, graph and network theory, cryptography, boolean logic, computational problem solving, etc. These would be for beginners, but examples at any level (elementary, primary, college) are welcome.
posted by codacorolla on Jul 31, 2015 - 9 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

Online Economics Course Recommendation for Prospective Teacher

My friend needs to teach AP/IB Economics soon. He's already fairly familiar with many concepts, but it has been years since he's done economics and he can't do the calculations or explain finer points anymore. What online course would you suggest? It should start soon and (ideally) be able to be gone though at his own pace. It a course is not available, what resource would you recommend? Thanks!
posted by chinabound on Jul 30, 2015 - 7 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

Literature with a hook for a science class?

My cousin needs ideas for a joint class she'll be teaching for a college--she teaches literature, her teaching partner teaches science. (Which science, I don't know, but she says it's not relevant and he can touch on most scientific topics to the required degree.) They need suggestions of literature--poetry, short stories, novellas, or short novels--that she can have the class read, and then he can take them through the science of it. [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 19, 2015 - 27 answers

How do I get a job as a programming teacher in a coding school?

Apart from contacting schools directly, are there effective ways of getting oneself "shopped" by recruiters or recruiting websites for this sort of position? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Jul 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Why do some novices resistant to advice & best practices?

Why do some novices disregard advice and/or best practices? What can be done to persuade them to heed general guidelines? I'm an aquarist, and repeatedly I see a significant number of people doing things that will result in the harm or death of their fish, and it's due to well known problems. Yet many novices attempt those things anyway, with predicable results. I'm trying to understand to explore what advice could be given that would change the outcome. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 9, 2015 - 22 answers

When my experience and my credential don't quite match up

I am applying for jobs where they want X years of experience with Y credential. I have the X years of experience and I have the Y credential, but not the 'with' part. How do I finesse this in my cover letters? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 24, 2015 - 4 answers

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