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Advice on whether to go into teaching high school science

Hello. I'm hoping that some current or retired teachers may be able to provide some advice. Extended background information included. I'm not asking for folks to tell me what to do but I'd love some opinions from educators. Thanks so much. [more inside]
posted by guyarcher on Oct 2, 2014 - 27 answers

I'm considering applying for a part-time PhD in Education. Am I crazy?

I am currently a high-school science teacher in the UK. I have recently had the crazy idea of pursuing a PhD in Education, part-time (and online) at a prestigious university (ranked top-5 in the world overall, if you are one to listen to rankings), while I continue my work as a teacher. [more inside]
posted by marcusesses on Oct 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Teachers (especially MA): is it easier to move up or down grade levels?

I have a B.S. in Biochem and Molecular Bio, but after messing around as a bench tech for a while and then substituting at elementary schools, I found I was so much happier teaching then spending hours alone in a lab. Never expected it. So I've substituted mainly K-4 for over a year now (with high praise from the staff), and a few times in Jr. High. I've also done a lot of one-on-one work as a paraprofessional for kids who require accommodations. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, behavioral disorders, etc. The Problem: I'm qualified to teach gr. 7-12 full time right now, but in order to teach 6 or lower I need to complete most of a masters program before I can even get initial (or preliminary) licensure. I'd be willing to teach Jr. High for a couple years, but I suspect I would be happier in the long run as an Elementary teacher. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Sep 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Once more unto the breach...

I'm making a collection of ideas and best practices for history teachers. If you had an amazing history teacher, in either middle school or high school, what did they do that captured your interest? If you teach history, what have you seen work? [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Sep 8, 2014 - 24 answers

Teaching critical thinking?

Have you ever had a class (or similar structured educational experience) that actually taught you to be better at logic and critical thinking? If so, how'd it do that? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 4, 2014 - 19 answers

How to Design a Course's Curriculum: High School Edition

What curriculum design frameworks and resources should I use to develop a high school level art course? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 27, 2014 - 5 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

How can I get a sponsorship to teach in Sydney, Australia?

I was trained in primary education during my B.Ed and have 8 years experience teaching English at the secondary level. Currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. [more inside]
posted by figaro on May 24, 2014 - 8 answers

the short way is the long way

What are real-life examples of experiences that are 'shortcuts' to accomplishing something, even though they might be very difficult because of the required intensity? For example, military training supposedly develops a kind of physical and mental discipline that would take a civilian longer to acquire. Rapid learning techniques that allow someone to learn several languages faster than most people learn one is another example. What are others?
posted by michaelh on Apr 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Studies concerning faculty perception of students.

I'm looking for a study which investigated college faculty's perception of an average student in science classrooms. [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Apr 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Seeing inspirational and mind-blowing videos for kids

What can I show children to inspire and wow them? I teach children aged between 9 and 11. I'm looking for video clips (or other) to show the children that will blow their minds - or at least, prompt discussion, broaden their horizons and take them outside of the confines of the four walls of the classroom. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Mar 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Explaining forces to a 10 year old

My 10 year old daughter (Year 6, UK) was recently given homework to "explain how the following works": a) gravity; b) air resistance; c) magnetism; d) upthrust; e) friction. My initial thought was that there is a Nobel prize in the offing if she can truly explain some of these, however, less flippantly, I struggled with how to do this in terms that a 10 year old would understand. Can anyone do any better? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on Feb 11, 2014 - 12 answers

How to get a 5 year old disney princess excited about science?

Any ideas on making discovery fun for a princess obsessed 5 year old girl? [more inside]
posted by savitarka on Jan 28, 2014 - 44 answers

Advice for a teacher getting their master's degree

I'm in my second year of teaching, but I had a late start and have had my BA for 8 years now. I want to get my MA, but I'm not sure if (1) this is the time or (2) if I should focus on my content area or on education in general. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Jan 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Awesome lessons in college writing?

What really great activities, exercises or lessons do you remember from your undergrad-level writing or composition courses? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Jan 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Friday night, at the high school basketball game.

I am a young, single teacher and my whole life is consumed by school. How do I survive this and not end up lonely forever? [more inside]
posted by sockysocksock on Jan 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Advice about alternative teaching certification in Texas?

Do you have advice about choosing an alternative teaching certification program in Texas? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Jan 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Recommendations for interactive teaching methods

I am working on compiling a list of interactive activities for my faculty colleagues. Our department is trying to move away from heavy lecture-based teaching, and my goal is to compile a resource guide of ways to involve students in the learning process so that the department can provide support to faculty who have less experience with this approach to teaching. Can MeFi recommend resources to me that I can add to our resource guide? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Nov 14, 2013 - 6 answers

I want to move to NYC and get a design/dtp job. Or graduate school.

I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I finish my MAT graduate degree in another school?

I'd like to know what options I have for finishing a MAT (or MIT) graduate degree in and around Boston when basically I'm missing the practicum and student teaching but have acquired almost all required academic courses aside from that. I'd want to transfer something like 70-90% of my credits. I can no longer stay in my program (thanks to my advisor's say-so: it's not that I'm failing), and transferring 2 classes within the institution (to another Education degree) is possible, but I'd have to reapply, and basically take 70% of the new (general M.Ed) degree. I do like this degree. However, at this point, I've been in school so long I can't take it anymore, but I do want to teach (in an alternative school, granted). Yes, I know I can teach without a degree; at this point I would really rather not simply quit, though. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Oct 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me give my Sci-Fi Elective slightly more structure

As a sort of follow up to this question I posted last school year, I am now four weeks into the Sci-Fi elective and am worried about the lack of structure I have in my class. I'm looking for ideas/activities to do with my students in class. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Sep 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Teaching: examples of Plato's Allegory of the Cave (not The Matrix)?

I am teaching Plato's allegory next week, and I would like to use some relatable examples of his ideas represented in recent popular culture. The Matrix is fine but getting well-worn. I am looking for something "newer" to illustrate the restraints of the cave, enlightenment, etc. Most of my students are 19-25 years old. Not owning a TV myself, I am out of touch with what the kids are into these days. Can anyone suggest some other, more contemporary examples -- clips from film or TV that I can show in class?
posted by quixotictic on Sep 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a 10+ year old book about a stuffed bear in a classroom cave

Years ago I picked up a book at random that I thought had "Creative Education" or "Classroom" in the title, but every search I've done comes up empty. It's written by a teacher that used a stuffed bear that lived in a cave in the corner of an elementary classroom. I also recall a chapter on a 'Mr. Pen'. I'd like to find it again. [more inside]
posted by lysdexic on Aug 22, 2013 - 2 answers

As a teacher, can I refer students to my professional business?

I teach writing to adults. When they ask me to edit something that's not for class (say, for their professional work), can I refer them to my private writing/editing business, even if they're currently enrolled in my class? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 12, 2013 - 5 answers

"And remember, children, always subvert the dominant paradigm..."

Is it possible to be a public school teacher if you have a strong anti-authoritarian mentality? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Apr 16, 2013 - 24 answers

Creative jobs outside of education, possibly finance/math-related?

What jobs outside of education would fit my interests and experiences (most of which are education-related)? Are there jobs related to my math major that will appeal to my need for creative outlets in my work? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Apr 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Transitioning into early childhood education - where do I start?

I want to be an early childhood educator. Difficulty: I'm losing my job in my current field and need to make a next step quickly. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Mar 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Volunteer Teaching in NYC

I am looking to do volunteer work in New York and was hoping to do something that would engage me like teaching. This could include tutoring, GED classes, SAT classes, job hunting, etc. I have a BFA and an MBA so I think I could be fairly versatile. I am hoping for specific suggestions I could pursue. Thanks!
posted by azoth on Feb 19, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I learn to be an effective tutor?

If I know the material that I'm teaching well, but don't have any experience with tutoring or teaching, how do I learn the skills and techniques that will help me be an effective tutor? [more inside]
posted by cognitio on Feb 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for lesson plans - Recycling Specific

I am compiling a collection of K-12 lesson plans on waste reduction/recycling/reuse/composting etc. Where are the best places to look? [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Jan 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Films, shows, videos, imagery representing success and failure in American culture?

Depictions of success and failure in American culture? Films, videos, commercials, shows, songs, and other (non-literary) media requested. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jan 3, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me stay sane while I try to plan lessons!

Teacher Filter: Increasing the efficiency of creating lesson plans [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Tell me the stories of San Francisco...and help me tell others!

Help me teach the stories of San Francisco! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Nov 23, 2012 - 27 answers

Picking a selection of poems for a high school student

I'm tutoring a teen girl who loves Maya Angelou and writing her own poetry and I want to make her a book of poems to encourage/inspire her. What poems should I include? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Nov 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Like something from Yoda, but not...

Quote suggestions from science fiction/fantasy books or stories related to teaching? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Digital Learning in a School

Educators of MeFi, help me find some great digital learning techniques and resources. [more inside]
posted by brilliantmistake on Sep 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Classroom management advice plz

I'm a newly certified teacher, teaching in the UK, and I'm getting eaten alive. How do I survive the year? [more inside]
posted by marcusesses on Sep 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Good short reading on the Occupy Movement and free speech for college freshmen.

Good short reading on the Occupy Movement and free speech for college freshmen. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Sep 18, 2012 - 2 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

How does science education work?

What's important for me to know about being a science teacher, since I've only taught math but will now be training teachers of both contents? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Aug 19, 2012 - 2 answers

What should I do with this year to increase my chances of teaching next year?

I am just finishing up a phd. I'll be defending in September, getting the actual degree in October (I hope). I'd like to get a job teaching English in a private high school, but obviously I'd be applying for the following school year, not the year that's about to start. So what should I be doing this year? I need to support myself, of course, but I'd like to do so in a way that will make me more attractive to schools. I already sub at one school, and am planning on trying to get on the sub lists for some other schools. But is there anything else? What are some short-term or part-time means of employment that school administrators would like to see on my resume?
posted by Ragged Richard on Aug 15, 2012 - 8 answers

"Why am I supposed to divide here?"

I need books that are good at explaining how to explain things to children. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Aug 14, 2012 - 5 answers

That's funny. Why? Because it's funny. Sigh.

I'm teaching a Language of Humour class to high school juniors and seniors. I need recommendations for things that are funny. And I need you to help me not fail. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jul 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Current Events in a College Course

What's the best way to incorporate current events into an intro-level college course? [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on May 9, 2012 - 15 answers

What are your best homework assignments?

Teachers: what are (or have been) your most effective homework assignments? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Suggestions for young adult novels?

Any suggestions for young adult novels in English for a reading class of high-level Japanese university students (18-19 years old)? [more inside]
posted by ameca on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

40 minutes to better Google-fu

Seeking activities, tutorials or resources designed to impart academically-oriented Google skills. Bonus points: fun? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Step 1: college. Step 2: ??? Step 3: become a high school history teacher.

Right now, you're a college freshman. In ten years, you want to be a high school history teacher, probably somewhere in the northeast U.S. What path are you going to take to get there? [more inside]
posted by amy lecteur on Mar 7, 2012 - 17 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

In a bit of an odd teaching situation. Please suggest software and websites appropriate for kindergarten - grade 6.

In a bit of an odd teaching situation. Please suggest software and websites appropriate for kindergarten - grade 6. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Dec 11, 2011 - 6 answers

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