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August 22

Should I gain work experience before graduate school?

I am wanting to go to grad school, but I do not have much professional experience -- I will be doing an academic internship next year, but that will be all the professional experience I will have in my fourth year undergraduate degree. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 5:54 AM - 10 answers

August 20

Incorporating English for bilingual toddlers

My wife and I both speak English and Spanish, and we've been speaking to our 2.5-year-old twins exclusively in Spanish since they were born. At this point, they're both very talkative in Spanish, but we're wondering if or when we should start incorporating more English. [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 5:37 PM - 10 answers

Find my quote on performance expectations

Years ago, I remember reading a quote about performance expectations. It was something about how we think we judge our standards by the best work we receive, but our actual standard is the lowest quality work that we accept. I think the line was in a book about teaching (and so the context was about teachers setting the standard as the worst student work that they would pass or would not require to be resubmitted). I have no clue how to track down this quote!
posted by philosophygeek at 9:38 AM - 4 answers

August 19

Ideas for climate strike for young kids (Sept. 20th)

I'm trying to think of ideas for how my kid's primary school could get involved with the Global Climate Strike this September. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper at 9:14 PM - 3 answers

learning, teaching, learning teaching

How do you continue to grow and improve as an instructor? (Note this is not a question about collecting feedback or pedagogical recommendations so much as the meta-cognition around reflecting, assessing, and growth). [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 10:11 AM - 8 answers

August 13

The paper calls, "Marco?!" but Polo the DOI is MIA

Help me get a DOI assigned to my academic paper so it can show up in academic searches, and so I get credit for my work. [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 at 4:13 PM - 6 answers

Rubber Ducks for Rubber Duck Debugging

I teach middle school (ages 11-14) Computer Science and would like to get about 60 *non-squeaking* rubber ducks for students. They will use them for rubber duck debugging in class. Where can I get good ducks within the next 7-10 days without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 12:18 PM - 8 answers

August 12

Lofty quotes about education from philosophers, poets and other thinkers

What are some of the best quotes about learning, education, and philosophical thinking and how they affect human life? [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 1:36 PM - 15 answers

August 6

What sites do people visit for global and nationa strategic forecasting?

I am looking sites like Stratfor and Center for Strategic and International Initiatives as well as solid, well written blogs or newsletters on the topic of Global Security, Strategic Forecasting, Threat Analysis (environmental, economic, geo-political), and future studies in general.
posted by specialk420 at 3:32 PM - 5 answers

Poster presentation board that folds down to Letter or Legal size?

I am looking for a folding presentation board, roughly the size one would use for presenting a graph, a sales pitch, a science fair project. However, I want one that folds up into a very small form factor: preferably Letter size (8-1/2" x 11"), or Legal size (8-1/2" x 14"). I need something that can be folded up and stored in a filing cabinet when not in use. I also need it to fit into a laptop bag, backpack, or small briefcase for occasional transport. [more inside]
posted by ethical_caligula at 1:00 PM - 9 answers

August 4

Database of old tv show and or old tv guides

i know lots of librarians use this site—-im a medical librarian—really good at bones and organs but this one is a bit out of my wheelhouse..... ihave a patron asking if there is a database that includes old tv shows—-is there a database that indexes old tv guides? two questions i really can’t answer. Thanks for any help
posted by sunnypup at 1:41 PM - 5 answers

US Queer History 101

I have a smart and empathetic friend who, due to upbringing, is largely ignorant about queer history in the US. She just learned about the Stonewall riots a few weeks ago, and now that's she's started to learn, she wants more, and is asking for resources. Her request is specifically for history, but I'm happy to share some general classic texts, too, as those are part of the history. Any suggestions? All types of media are on the table.
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:33 PM - 14 answers

July 31

Resources for interesting reports

I recently discovered that I really enjoyed deep-diving into specific research reports (as opposed to reading the news online).. querying back from a news article I found the "Center for Security Studies" at ETH Zurich and read their report on "The Evolution of Commanders Intent in the US military" which was a really strange experience and really fun because I got an insight into a whole new area of research that I had never thought about.. more in depth than a blog post, less intense/focused than a research paper. I'd like to find more sources like this.. [more inside]
posted by mathiu at 7:14 AM - 3 answers

July 30

How to Spanish flashcard with 5 year old?

My exclusively English-speaking 5 year old daughter will be starting in a Spanish bilingual kindergarten in September. The school gave us a list of verbs that it would be helpful for her to know before school starts. I've made them into flashcards with pictures but am now unsure of how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by jeszac at 1:00 PM - 11 answers

Finding influential papers using Google Scholar Metrics

Google Scholar metrics have been released for the last five years. I can view papers ranked by category, or see the most influential papers in a specific journal. Is there a way to see the "greatest hits" regardless of category? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 5:11 AM - 5 answers

July 29

Long form current journalism about the border detention camps

Please recommend some contemporary (since 2016 probably) long form journalism about the [detention, concentration, interment] camps at the Texas border. This is for teaching undergraduates. I would like an article that includes both analysis of the crisis as it has developed (for example, showing the difference between policy during the obama admin and now), and stories of/interviews with actual refugees. Thanks.
posted by nantucket at 8:55 AM - 5 answers

July 28

Trying to find funny Youtube video

Several years ago I watched a Youtube video about social media that was very funny, help me find it! [more inside]
posted by Joan Rivers of Babylon at 6:35 PM - 3 answers

July 24

Community v private college: Post-bacc Edition

I am halfway through an expensive "post-bacc" program at a well-respected medical school, and for reasons also had to take a class at the local community college in the spring. The tuition at the community college was about 60% cheaper than the private medical school where I am seeking this post-bacc certificate, and the professor was far better than any I've had in the private program. Should I ditch the private program and complete the remainder of the pre-reqs at the community college? [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige at 6:19 PM - 14 answers

How can we handle members' motions on operational matters at an AGM?

My (Australian) school was recently restructured as a not-for-profit company, with a board and members. The board is elected from among the members, who are the parents of the students. What techniques exist for gracefully balancing the board's duty of accountability with their legitimate concern that members will impose unworkable resolutions at an upcoming AGM? [more inside]
posted by ICanHazQuestion at 12:26 AM - 7 answers

July 23

Digital marketing ... help?

I have a digital marketing course to attend. I don't understand anything and my attention just keeps on tuning in and out. [more inside]
posted by catbird at 4:47 AM - 9 answers

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