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March 23

Looking for Agencies that Promote Practical Sustainable Action

Simply looking to broaden my resources when it comes to organizations that empower the community with the practical tools, knowledge and capacity for action to make sustainable living the norm. These are typically very localized environmental charities - location does not matter as I'm just looking for inspiration.
posted by abhardcastle at 3:08 PM - 1 answers

March 20

Fractions and decimals for a kid who doesn't like math

Recommendations wanted: Math materials for a grade 5 kid, studying fractions and decimals, who doesn't like math. Other interests: Reading, lego, super heroes, history, geography.
posted by clawsoon at 11:56 AM - 6 answers

March 19

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Can you point me to journals/magazines/newspapers with a higher reading level? [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness at 9:59 AM - 13 answers

March 14

What can I do to get better at the GRE?

This test is really not that hard but I can't seem to get the answers right. I'm using an app called magoosh to study, but I cant seem to do better on the math questions. It is honestly driving me nuts. I am aiming for a 165 in math but honestly I don't know how I will get there. The questions seem like they're impossible and like no matter what I do I can't get better at it.
posted by Braxis at 10:22 AM - 12 answers

March 13

Job advice re: teaching English/creative writing in a private school

Adjunct-level academic, MFA, author, and mother of small children seeks job teaching at a private high school. How hard will it be to get one, and what can I expect? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 12:55 PM - 5 answers

Ever heard an explanation of a number that gave you an 'aha!' moment?

I'm looking for examples from any subject that have made a stat/figure/number come alive. Eg: If the entire history of the earth was compressed into one year, humans would only appear in the final 24 minutes. [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn at 10:08 AM - 37 answers

March 12

Music's in my Baby's Brain... how to use this to help her development?

I'm looking for resources and / or experiences of the role that music, in any form passive or active, can play to aid development in babies and children, from as young an age as possible. I'm especially interested in anything relating this to kids with structural brain disorders, or other neurological conditions diagnosed pre-natally or in the very first years of life. [more inside]
posted by protorp at 6:38 AM - 8 answers

March 8

How can I found out more about history grad students?

Any suggestions about how I can find people to answer my questions? [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 9:20 AM - 8 answers

March 4

Maintaining a positive relationship with teachers who don’t like my kid

My kid (6) is having trouble meeting behavioral expectations at her elementary school. At this point very few of the teachers are on her side - she’s annoyed them to the “bitch eating crackers” point (I’ve seen two of them vibrate with suppressed rage when talking to us). What do we do next, and how do we defuse tensions at parent-teacher conference later this month? [more inside]
posted by eirias at 12:47 PM - 64 answers

March 1

Help me parse learning disorder....stuff?

I am confused, looking at the results of my daughter's pycho-educational assessment. I am particularly confused about the results of what the tester has called "The Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration." She scored very low. 8th percentile. This led to the tester diagnosing her with Severe Developmental Coordination Disorder. What do these things mean, and a few other questions inside. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:28 AM - 9 answers

February 27

Calling all Philosophers and Historians, or the people who love them

Please generalize for me about the academics in these fields. Shed some light for me about the people who choose to study these areas. I’m looking for trends and idiosyncrasies, telling details, character traits, motivations, you name it. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 10:51 AM - 24 answers

What do 15 year olds want to read? Non-native english speakers edition.

At the teacher-parent evening last week my son's english teacher brought up this dilemma. She picked a book for the class to read that a little more than half thought was dumb. So she wants to find a book a greater majority will like. I asked if I could offer her some titles and she said 'absolutely' and then got home and realized I, uh, don't quite know which way to jump. I'm seeing her again on Friday but could offer suggestions after that as well. [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 3:51 AM - 33 answers

February 26

How to repond to microaggressions in the classroom?

I'm a high school teacher (white, cis, woman) and I want to know the best way to handle microaggressions among students in the classroom. I have looked this issue up, and none of the resources or guides that I have seen seem to factor in the reactions of the marginalized person in the scenario. For example, it seems important to call out microaggressions where a POC is obviously uncomfortable, what about situations where the POC plays along or laughs it off? [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly at 1:36 PM - 13 answers

February 21

Dead Tech: Tape player + film projector

For retired educators and others who remember past times; I was in elemetary and middle school in the late 80s and first half of the 90s, so hop in your time machines and help me remember what this example of dead tech described inside is called. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 7:12 PM - 13 answers

February 18

Help someone early in their career get into programming and development

Wonder if any of you have tips for a young friend fairly early in her career looking into exploring a career in development and learning to code? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 9:24 AM - 8 answers

Middle East related topic for high school assignment?

Asking for my teenager: Can you help my daughter come up with a subject for a large (>80 h) high school assignment? She's an ambitious and smart kid, and her special area of interest is the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by sively at 8:27 AM - 13 answers

Advice on handling a miscarriage

We need advice on handling a miscarriage while my wife is a college student. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 4:33 AM - 16 answers

February 17

Relaxing by watching other people work

I really dig watching, and learning about, obscure handcrafts and industries from days of yore. In fact, I think I want to spend much of this lazy Sunday watching such things on YouTube. Got any to recommend? (Inspired by today's FPP about bell tuning.) [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:48 AM - 30 answers

February 13

Shoe for Dinosaur size 53 please

I am looking for a source that has dinosaur feet size. [more inside]
posted by aetg at 6:33 PM - 2 answers

February 12

School trip to Portland, STEM style

Kids in my son's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) class (7th and 8th grade) are planning an overnight trip to Portland a Friday/Saturday in May. What should they see/do, related to their theme of Inventors and Inventions? [more inside]
posted by 101cats at 9:07 AM - 7 answers

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