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Am I a fraud or imposter if I write an academic book without a degree?
I have published an "academic" book and would like to publish another one. Does this make me a fraud or imposter since I don't have a degree? [more inside]
Any recommended reading or advice on how to stop procrastinating?
I have an exam tomorrow morning. I'm only half prepared because I have spent significant amounts of time procrastinating by watching pointless YouTube videos. [more inside]
Broad music lessons for kids
Music lessons for eight-year-olds all seem to be about learning to play a specific instrument. I'm looking for lessons that are more like music appreciation classes, except more technical — something that will teach a kid how the music they like is made, then explore making pieces like them, both via composition and some simple instrument playing. [more inside]
Thought leaders recs
I like reading about the creative process and other big life ideas, but most of the thinkers in this field—or at least the well-known or most cited—are usually white people. Can you recommend people of colour whom I can read and follow? [more inside]
Student management with 3 modes
I'm looking for student data management software with very specific capabilities, and I'm having trouble making this work in a spreadsheet or with the existing databases I have tried. Can anyone help point me in a direction? [more inside]
Teaching for non-teachers
I have a new hire who is earnest and hardworking but is just not picking up what I'm putting down when I walk through processes and concepts with him. Can you recommend resources for me to learn to teach better/differently? [more inside]
How to manage my time juggling seven scholarly research papers?
Hi all, I am a junior graduate student scholar entering a master's programme in international development in the fall, and I have like three papers that have the potential to be published but need a lot of revision and then I have four other papers I want to get started on top of that this summer and fall, but I wonder if this might be too much to tackle. What are some ways to manage my time wisely and tackle all of this with good time management? [more inside]
Readings on AI vs critical thinking and writing?
Every teacher I know is dealing with an avalanche of essays written by ChatGPT or Grammarly. There are lots of ways to detect cheating and redesign assignments to make it harder, but beyond just punishment and deterrence, it would be nice to convince students that doing your own writing, thinking your own thoughts, has value and is worth doing! Please recommend me some articles that teachers could assign that address this issue in the context of AI.
Hooked on Phonics: App or Books?
Considering buying Hooked on Phonics for a 5 y/o and having a hard time choosing between the books and the app. [more inside]
MAPS Psychedelic Science 2023 - worth it for non-medical professionals?
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is hosting the 2023 Psychedelic Science conference in Denver, June 19-23. I have a recreational interest in this field, and I'm looking for potential career changes and just general inspiration. This is the fourth MAPS conference so I'm hoping to hear from someone who has attended in the past what it's like and if it's worth attending? (I'll bring a friend so it won't be lonely!) [more inside]
How to bind a sheaf of paper together?
Sometimes I need to print a long PDF. Fifty to a hundred pages. Occasionally more. The result is a pile of paper that instantly explodes all over tarnation. How can I bind the pages together As One? [more inside]
How to host a SCORM e-learning course the easy and free way?
As part of a project a graduate student I work with created an interactive online training course using Rise 360. We tested it out and people like it and want to use it. We will be out of funding in July so our Rise/Articulate subscription will run out fairly soon. Now what? [more inside]
A book about matrices and linear transformations written for children
The book may not (or may) have been published. It may only exist as photocopies and pdfs, but it is not a figment of my imagination. It may have covered other subjects like solving equations, but I only flipped through the first few pages before losing track of it. I'm looking for some leads on finding it. [more inside]
Trash Talk for Children
I'm going to be in a dunk tank at an elementary (4th-6th) field day and I want to kindly, sweetly, appropriately taunt the children. Give me your ideas.
Why do people think autism means being bad at “conceptual thinking”?
I keep on reading that kids on the spectrum “may struggle with math and writing as the subjects become more conceptual in middle school.” A teacher even tried to write this into my kid’s IEP (I deleted it.) There’s no evidence my kid has problems grasping higher order concepts or theories now and I have no reason to think that will be true in the future. Is there something I’m missing?
Help me think about kids and schools
How should I think about my kids attending schools very different from the ones I attended? [more inside]
Resources to help fight in the school board wars?
My local school district was recently taken over by an extremist board and they seem to be running the same playbook that's taken place nationally. What should I be reading to stay informed of general tactics and counter-arguments? [more inside]
Celebrating college grad without the ceremony-what has been meaningful?
We’re celebrating GCofTethys who is now finishing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in CO. He doesn’t want to attend the ceremony, so we’re soliciting the hive mind for experiences that feel more like a graduation celebration than a regular family visit. Hope me! [more inside]
Looking for alternative to Google Tasks.
So I thought I really liked using Google Tasks to manage my ToDo's. However, I've created about eight different categories and found that I can't re-order those categories. I can delete a category, but that also nukes the items in that category. So I'm looking for a non-subscription task manager that lets me delete or manage categories, export in plain text, that will also sync between Android, OSX and the iPad, and can put dates and alarms on tasks. And world peace. [more inside]
Parents of college-aged MeFitelings, share your recruitment stories
My institution is looking at adjusting our approach to admissions, and rethinking the personal statement component. If you are somebody who is or has recently applied to college, or a close friend or relative of same, I'd love to hear about the best and worst "beyond grades" admissions tools you've seen. [more inside]