How did premodern universities, schools, convents, etc., work? This question is a bit confused as in formulating it I realized I was confused, but I will do my best! It came up when I was reading a fantasy novel and the novel was clearly "the author went to 20th century American college and just retrojected that on his imaginary medieval world." But what was it really like? I'm looking for the history of teaching, I think, and not just in universities. [more inside]
What advice and resources would you give someone teaching at law school (or the university level in general) for the first time? [more inside]
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]
I teach MBAs entrepreneurship, but also do research on video games. I was thinking of creating an entirely optional night session (maybe with drinks) that would focus on playing games that would be fun and maybe include teachable moments for 15-30 students. I was thinking of starting with Space Team, and then doing an improv game around crazy business pitches, but I am looking for other ideas. The games need to be easy to play with large groups (or small teams off a large group), be high energy, not be inappropriate for grad students, and have some sort of vague businesses point (improvisation, teamwork, leadership, dealing with ambiguity, etc.). Any ideas?
Lately, I've been teaching a lot of semi-formal training classes at work. I haven't had much experience with this kind of thing, and I'm looking for tips. [more inside]
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]
Teachers: what are (or have been) your most effective homework assignments? [more inside]
Please help me find good beginner texts in philosophy for teenagers. [more inside]
Help me compile a reading list menu for AP World History. Err.. Please? [more inside]
I'm a freshman composition instructor who wants to rock the evals. But how? If you've taken a first-year college writing or rhetoric course, what teaching practices made for a good (or horrible) experience from the student's perspective? [more inside]
Can occasionally saying "I don't know" make me a better teacher? If so, why? [more inside]
Have you used software to help you grade student essays? Tell me about your experience. [more inside]
How can I effectively use a blog in my class? [more inside]
Have there been any attempts to make a book designed to teach a language (whether natural or constructed), without reference to another language? [more inside]
Desperately seeking effective online learning resources that teach undergrads how to identify academic sources, and how to cite them correctly. These could be Web pages, .docs/.pdfs, tutorials, etc. Anything interactive is a bonus. [more inside]
Favorite philosophical, historical, analytic, or lit-critical essays about comic books? [more inside]
On what basis is it that introductory courses stress avoiding a centered composition? [more inside]
TeacherFilter: I'm looking for a NON-fiction text for my tenth-grade students. [more inside]
I need education tips: If you struggled with math, what helped you get through the abstract and repetitive parts?
How do I make media education for high schoolers interesting? [mi] [more inside]
Is there an online community or web site that mentors new programmers? One in which the student is guided through the different phases of development of a small, but not insignificant program. If one doesn't exist, would it be a worthwhile endeavor to create a mentor community?
Teaching question: how do I help a student whose mind wanders? [more inside]
A K-12 school I am involved in wants to be able to publish digital portfolios of student work on the web. As to additional functionality (i.e. Commenting on work, Blogging) I'm open to proposals. Since the budget doesn't allow us to pay someone to hack apache and write code we're looking for an out of the box solution. I believe that Userland's Manila would let me do this at least in part - are there any other solutions I can be looking at?