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My daughter has just turned 8. We live in Scandinavia at the moment and so she didn't actually start school until she was 7. She's an extremely articulate, thoughtful and sensitive little soul. She's inclined to listening to story tapes, being read to, playing with her lego etc. Just to give you some background. Nothing about the way we interact or converse with her as her parents gives me any cause for concern. [more inside]
I am teaching a fifth-grader grammar. We are going to be working on coordinating and subordinating conjunctions (using the FANBOYS and AAAWWUBBIS mnemonics) and then will do a lesson on when to use because, and, and so (from The Writing Revolution, if you're interested). I'd like to include a game at one or more points in this series of lessons. Can you suggest anything? [more inside]
I need to have a 45-page educational guide translated from English into Italian, Spanish and French. The guide contain culturally sensitive material that needs careful translation and localization. I would appreciate AskMefi's recommendations on service providers.
I have finished and submitted my final masters project in the last month... but now what? [more inside]
My wife wants to show her high school geometry class a movie to start the semester. What can she show her kids? Specifics inside. [more inside]
In 2004 I went to China to teach ESL. I had some good times and some bad times, including some emotional trauma. In May 2018, after a series of disagreements with my most recent employer, I came to the end of my time in China. My employment was terminated and unfortunately I was unable to get another job and work visa there. [more inside]
I'd like to work on teaching my kids (oldest almost 8 now) history, so I'm looking for a curriculum, framework, etc, that helps me structure this, but isn't white supremacist bullshit. [more inside]
Hi, looking for online resources for Spanish learners. Ideally would like reading material that is 100% in Spanish and aimed at an adult audience, but with a second grade-ish reading level (not exact, just an estimate.) Current events or LatAm news a plus.
I realize this is broadly framed, but: If I wanted to acquire a classical education as an adult, what would be the best way to do so? What are the key texts, tools, etc.? [more inside]
December 27, 2018
My English department has class sets of novels we lend to students for the semester, to help them save money on required texts. I've been slowly building our collection to have lots of books by women and people of colour, but LGBTQ themes are a glaring omission and I'd like to fix that. The students are 18+; there are no content restrictions, but something that would provoke a lot of discussion would be perfect. Canadian content is a bonus but not a requirement; 350 pages or less is ideal.
December 26, 2018
Thanks to you all I have been learning guitar since about April. I'm making progress and taking lessons. I'd love your ideas for songs to practice as an advanced beginner that are not by White Rock Dudes. Thanks! [more inside]
How did you decide whether your kid would take the ACT or the SAT? [more inside]
I'm a teacher but I don't enjoy working with children very much anymore. What can I do to enjoy working with them again? [more inside]
December 20, 2018
Please hit me with your favorite pedagogy books (or articles) to read before my next semester of TAing! I'm interested in both theory (especially radical and progressive pedagogy) and praxis. I teach composition & rhetoric mostly to traditional college students, but I'm interested in any helpful books as long as they're not mostly applicable to young kids. (Tiny additional optional stocking-stuffer: any resources on course design / how to plan a semester? There's a standard course template that I've been sticking pretty closely to, but I'm thinking about how to go beyond it.)
December 11, 2018
Especially if you’re at a US public university, can you please tell me about your intro level chemistry class lab? Both the facilities and the class? [more inside]
December 7, 2018
I am helping out at my friend’s school in Kathmandu and the teachers are growing concerned with certain boys who seem to think it's okay to put their hands on the girl students. I am looking for lesson plans, tips, ideas for teaching mostly teenage Nepali boys about consent. [more inside]
December 5, 2018
Our school district is #90 out of 116 in the state. My husband and I could move to eight of the top ten districts while maintaining a reasonable commute and not incurring financial hardship. Should we? If so, when? And how important are these rankings? [more inside]
December 4, 2018
My middle school age son's teacher keeps stating that Asians are Orientals, even though my son has repeatedly told him that he doesn't find it funny, finds it offensive, and my son has already talked to his counselor and the Dean of Students. Where do we go from here? [more inside]
December 1, 2018
I recently attended an LGBTI+ Ally conference and now need to give a workshop to colleagues. The presentation will be about 50min long, and I am looking for activities to engage the audience and broaden their appreciation of the importance of being an ally. [more inside]
I am writing a masters thesis. I don't know how to manage all my reading. Please give me your pro tips. [more inside]