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What alternative routes to teacher certification can I take as a person who already has a Masters in Education?

I have a Masters and certification in Early Childhood. Now I'd like to work as a special educator. Seems the only way to get there is another Masters in Special Ed. I'd like to find a way to do this cheaply and quickly. I have looked into Teaching Fellows and similar programs, and all specifically require that applicants have no background in teaching. What can I do?
posted by rascalface on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Good jobs for graduating BA/psychology student seeking work-life balance?

Good jobs for graduating BA/psychology student seeking work-life balance? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on Nov 3, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I fairly assign partial credit?

How do I assign partial credit consistently? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Nov 2, 2010 - 24 answers

Who is changing the world with Big Ideas?

Help me find examples of people who are trying to change the world by pursuing Big IdeasTM. [more inside]
posted by lewistate on Nov 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Are giraffes really real?

Greetings. One of my high school biology students made the statement today that "Giraffes aren't real, it's a government cover-up." When I asked her where on earth she got this idea she stated that "It's a long story". Anyone out there have any idea what she is talking about?
posted by gammer on Oct 26, 2010 - 33 answers

strict or lenient teaching and testing

Is it better to be strict or lenient in a university teaching/testing situation? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Oct 26, 2010 - 42 answers

I want to teach kids who want to learn

Advice for getting a job teaching high school in a private school or a charter school? I am a un-credentialed scientist looking to start teaching math or science next fall. [more inside]
posted by Candide on Oct 25, 2010 - 20 answers

A game like arm wrestling, but safer

I teach a lesson on interpersonal conflict where we used to have the students arm wrestle one another. Unfortunately, arm wrestling is a little too violent. I'm looking for a substitute game. [more inside]
posted by eisenkr on Oct 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Teaching demonstration at University level

I have a teaching demonstration at University level tomorrow. This is my first. I have some questions on what to expect from the audience/evalution panel. I heard from another candidate (there are three positions open being managed simultaneously) about her experience on Monday and it sounded like a deliberately hostile audience and interview session. Is this normal or to be expected? [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer on Oct 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Colors not to wear in the classroom.

Is there data supporting the claim that wearing the color red is a bad choice for teachers in the sense that it negatively affects a student's attention, comfort level, etc.? I know a college professor that never wears red because of this. If so, are there other colors good-or-bad to wear? Can I blame my 6360 angstrom magenta cable-knit sweater on the Is-This-Gonna-Be-On-The-Test day I've been having in my class? Would a brown leg bandanna make my students own the quadratic formula?
posted by klausman on Oct 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Career change @ 40: financial sector to teacher?

Career change @ 40: financial sector to teacher? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Which novel about teaching is this?

Which novel have I forgotten the name of? [more inside]
posted by topynate on Oct 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Engaging argumentation topics for a first year composition class?

What are some engaging argumentation topics for a first year composition class? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 11, 2010 - 11 answers

computer aided essay grading

Have you used software to help you grade student essays? Tell me about your experience. [more inside]
posted by landlubber on Oct 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Who proofs the proofreaders?

I'm a professional copy editor who has been blessed with an intern with good instincts and grammatical understanding, but needs to learn the techniques of the craft. Right now I'm just reviewing her work and discussing her mistakes/omissions as they arise, but I'd like to do more formalized instruction. Can anyone recommend a lesson plan? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Oct 6, 2010 - 16 answers

How to be a better teacher

How can I become an awesome English teacher to a foreign child? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Oct 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Decline of Pay for Teaching Relative to Other Professions

I read somewhere at one time that the pay for teaching has declined relative to other professions starkly since the early 1900s, but I can't find a site to back this up... too much noise. Anyone have any info on this?
posted by mdpatrick on Oct 3, 2010 - 7 answers

I want to teach myself music theory

I'd like to teach myself music theory - what resources can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes on Sep 28, 2010 - 11 answers

"Windows offers many operating systems."

I am going to be teaching a class on implementing web services in the summer. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine on Sep 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Less boring than math class?

What kind of school assemblies did you have growing up? Do any stick in your head as particularly interesting or important? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on Sep 23, 2010 - 75 answers

How do I support my fourteen-year-old as she learns how to write essays for school?

How do I support my fourteen-year-old as she learns how to write essays for school? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Sep 22, 2010 - 28 answers

How do you keep your class in order?

TeacherFilter: What kinds of rules and policies do you include in your classroom management plan for secondary science education? Either for specific circumstances (a cell phone policy) or in general (be respectful). [more inside]
posted by kro on Sep 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Free online EFL resources?

Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
posted by people? I ain't people! on Sep 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Kid-friendly instruments with sustain

Are there kid-playable instruments (besides the recorder) whose notes can be sustained? Building or hacking or repurposing instruments is allowable. Brainstorming encouraged. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Sep 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Platformer games used for educational purposes?

Are there any examples of platformer games used for educational purposes? [more inside]
posted by gwint on Sep 18, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I keep my students busy?

Calling all teachers! (or people with great ideas!) Any suggestions for activities I can have students do who finish their work early? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Sep 13, 2010 - 34 answers

What's the textbook for maths teachers?

Teaching filter: What's the best book or online resource for a trainee maths high school teacher, you are aware of. [more inside]
posted by 92_elements on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Lower back pain + new week-long teaching gig. Help?

Intense lower back pain, and he's going to be flying out of town and standing all day (teaching) in a relatively new job all next week. It's Saturday, and he leaves for Rochester tomorrow. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Sep 11, 2010 - 27 answers

A beginners guide to the cognitive psychology of learning?

I'm looking for something along the lines of a practical handbook for applying the results of research in cognitive psychology to creating learning materials. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie on Sep 10, 2010 - 4 answers

New to teaching: How do I teach a broad subject to non-majors?

Teaching a beginners course for a beginning instructor? Help me come up with a few ideas/guidelines for a intro tutorial for non-political science grad students. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Sep 8, 2010 - 1 answer

English teaching pre-made curriculum

Curriculum recommendations for teaching English (ESL kids, ages 3-5, 6-7, and 10-11) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 7, 2010 - 4 answers

This is why we need to know this

Can you recommend an essay that defends a liberal education? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Sep 4, 2010 - 14 answers

How to engage students while taking time for individuals?

I'm teaching a college course where I have to lecture to a full class, yet use portions of the class time to work with smaller groups while some people sit around, waiting. How do I not waste their time, or make them feel disengaged from the course? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Sep 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Should I teach with a doc cam?

What are the downsides (if any) to using a document camera for university teaching in the humanities? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on Aug 31, 2010 - 6 answers

Pro brain, kindergarten skills

Guitarists: How do you wish you had started? [more inside]
posted by range on Aug 31, 2010 - 29 answers

What applications are best for mac screencasts?

What application(s) should I use to make a quality screencast on a mac? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Aug 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Advertising/Marketing/PR/Consumerism

Looking for some good documentaries on advertising, marketing, public relations & consumerism to help teach an undergraduate class! We have a list of possible documentaries already (we will show selected excerpts - not the entire thing) but were wondering if we were missing anything out and what the Hive Mind might suggest! Good "teaching moment" video clip suggestions based on Mad Men and other fictional advertising/marketing/PR/consumerism-themed films and TV shows are also welcome. Or perhaps there are even good relevant scenes from documentaries which are primarily about some other topic. Thanks for any help... it's much appreciated! Full list that we already have compiled inside... [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Aug 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact?

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

"If a student hasn't learned..."

What are some programs that help mid-career teachers to improve the way they teach, especially teaching lower-performing students? [more inside]
posted by ES Mom on Aug 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Best desktop interactive video conferencing software?

What is the best desktop interactive video conferencing software that can accommodate a group of 20 participants all capable of interacting during the session? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

DFT for inorganic chemists

Do you know of resources for understanding Density Functional Theory for Inorganic Chemists? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Aug 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Do my numerous constraints rule out meaningful work with kids?

I'd like to learn about jobs that involve working intensively, one-on-one, with preschool or elementary-aged kids, to help them learn or develop. But, I have so many constraints that I'm not sure any role fits. Could you point me to any possibilities? [more inside]
posted by Other on Aug 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Professors make excuses, too.

Help me find this blog post or online article in which a professor humorously reverses classic student excuses for lateness/underperformance! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

How to be a great first time TA?

How to be a great first time TA? [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Aug 4, 2010 - 32 answers

First, don't breathe the water.

Help me become a better swim instructor for a fellow adult that can not swim? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

Books for kindergartners please!

Help my brother teach sequencing to Kindergarteners.. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Jul 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me be an excellent grade 4 teacher and stay sane while doing so!

Help me be an excellent grade 4 teacher and stay sane while doing so! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Jul 28, 2010 - 32 answers

essaying to persuade

What are the best and most interesting persuasive essays of 2009-2010? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Jul 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Need alternative employment ideas for a teacher near Wilmington/Philly

My future bride teaches in Dover, DE. And she's trapped in a job she hates. Please suggest alternative work that she might find within 45 min of philly… [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

How to pass multiple-choice questions tests?

Resources to help a high-school history student become a better test-taker, especially in multiple-choice exams? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Jul 19, 2010 - 16 answers

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