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January 13

Should I tell my professor why I dropped his course?

I just dropped a on-line course at my university called History & Contemporary Issues in Photography. Until now, I have enjoyed art history courses and excelled in them. However, by the time I had finished the first week's readings and completed the first assignment, I realized that the course would revolve around Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida. I came to the conclusion that a)I was out of my depth; and b) that Barthes' work is profoundly inaccessible and quite possibly nonsensical, so I exited the class. Should I email the prof and explain why I decided to leave? [more inside]
posted by A. Davey at 1:46 PM - 24 answers

January 12

Any good verbal games for car rides?

Besides "I spy" -- what are some good games for kids that can be played in a car ride? (Not necessarily a long car ride) Bonus for educational games....
posted by mhh5 at 5:06 PM - 32 answers

Strategies or resources for a reluctant reader?

A dear friend is having some difficulty with her 6-year-old daughter, who is very reluctant to do anything that has to do with reading. She will be getting her daughter's eyes checked, and has inquired with her school about resources for possible dyslexia, but until that all plays out, we are wondering if anyone has any advice or recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 2:22 PM - 29 answers

What field is my fictional grad student in, and what has she lost?

I’m writing a fictional story in which the character has lost everything in a fire. Not only her possessions, but her work, which is irreplaceable – just to really put her through the wringer. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 6:47 AM - 35 answers

January 10

New job for a sharp but battered public schools special educator?

My partner's mother is a 50 something year old woman who for the majority of her professional life has been a special educator in the Delaware public schools. She loves working with the kids but the work environment is horrendous and it's having a tremendously negative impact on her physical and mental health. We are at the brainstorming stage and trying to come up with ways of finding paths to equally rewarding situations that are much healthier in mind, body, and spirit. [more inside]
posted by lips at 11:58 AM - 6 answers

Help me apply to grad school

I overcame immense adversity and put myself in a good place. I'm about to apply for grad school in a year (MFT or MSW... then PhD later?), and I am seeking advice on the following questions: (1) how do I address my academic infraction and misconduct in community college and (2) explain my life story in my personal statement without sounding off-putting or making excuses for the latter? [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 10:48 AM - 9 answers

January 5

French person looking for options to practice conversational English

I need to practice conversational English and improve my pronunciation. I’m French and deaf, English is not my mother tongue and pronouncing properly can be a challenge (but my French peers understand me pretty well and I have no pronunciation problems in French). In addition, I am not super confident when talking which doesn’t help with clarity. I would like to find someone I can have a (bi) weekly conversation with, who is not afraid to correct me on my pronunciation and syntax. [more inside]
posted by Ifite at 1:34 AM - 4 answers

January 4

Statistics for softies

I want to learn about statistics but have no idea where to start, and am very easily overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes at 6:07 PM - 13 answers

How do I learn, well, everything?

When I was a kid, I thought that if I knew everything, I could do anything. So I read the encyclopedia. The whole thing. When I was 6. It's all lost to the sands of time, now, and I want it back. How do I learn everything? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 12:01 PM - 19 answers

January 3

Poetry and Music for Elementary Students

Please recommend poetry and/or poetry tied to music that elementary students would enjoy. [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 12:25 AM - 8 answers

January 2

Paths from my couch to EVERYWHERE

I loved Couch to 5K, the program designed to take a person from being a sedentary non-runner to being a 5K-runner. I'd like to find other programs which take you from zero to being a solid beginner. These could be in sports (Couch to Yoga/Weights/Swimming) or other fields (Couch to Cooking/Being Well Read/Meditating/Political Activism/Gardening/Woodwork/Birdwatching/Having a Clean House/Whatever), and they could be free or paid. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger at 11:58 PM - 10 answers

December 30, 2017

Your favourite "This Year in History" source(s)?

I'd like to download for reference, for every year of my 43 years of life, a page that has a reader-friendly summary of major events in Canada and around the world (new Prime Minister voted in, Arab Spring, etc.), as well as what popular media (books, movies) came out and any scientific advances/daily life game-changers (e.g. iPhone, Facebook introduced). [more inside]
posted by dendritejungle at 3:36 PM - 2 answers

I'm self-teaching math. Help me pick out a graphing calculator! (+more)

I always hated math growing up. It didn't come to me naturally, took a lot of work, and I didn't have the most supportive teachers. As an adult, I'm giving myself a second chance at learning this stuff! Help me pick out a graphing calculator – and I'd love any tips or advice from anyone who may have done this too. [more inside]
posted by caitcadieux at 1:12 PM - 17 answers

December 28, 2017

MPP/MPA program concentrations, plus a question on program 'prestige'

A question for those who have this degree or those who hire them (or are in any position to shed some light): how important is your chosen concentration (i.e., Environmental Policy, Global Policy, Economic Development, etc.) when it comes to job hunting? The programs I'm looking at have a variety of concentrations available, and I'm curious how important they really are when it comes to the skills you develop and who will hire you when you graduate. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 11:50 AM - 8 answers

December 26, 2017

What was this research paper about academia?

Fairly recently I saw somewhere that there had been research to indicate that the initial competence of a student starting out was a much better indicator of later success than the prestige of the graduate school attended. I am finding this to be very difficult to google. Can you point me to it or similar research?
posted by cmoj at 2:23 PM - 2 answers

December 21, 2017

No Student Teacher Placement; Need One By Next Month

I was given a student teaching placement 10 days ago, but the teacher changed her mind today. School is out until January 8th at which point I have to start teaching. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by bluekazoo at 8:56 PM - 5 answers

Authoritative text in business continuity/disaster recovery?

Is there an authoritative or foundational text in business continuity/disaster recovery? I'm an instructional designer working on writing a foundational e-learning course in business continuity but my source material is inadequate. [more inside]
posted by angiep at 9:37 AM - 2 answers

December 20, 2017

Can you fail to graduate high school and not know? If so, how to fix it?

My partner is trying to negotiate going back to school, and has just abruptly discovered that their high school transcript does not actually state a graduation date or diploma type. They do actually have a diploma issued from the high school, and they had attended a few semesters of college in Ontario after [they thought!] graduating high school. How do we fix this in case anyone demands to see proof of graduation somewhere down the line? Difficulty level: rural Canada, high school no longer exists. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 10:19 PM - 23 answers

December 19, 2017

Having trouble articulating this question (GFTA-3)?

My 3 year old son was evaluated for speech articulation delays and got a GFTA-3 percentile of 21% (no raw score was given to us). The school is saying this is within normal range and are denying support. This seems.... surprising? Can anyone help me understand how a score of 21% is ok?
posted by papergirl at 5:32 AM - 11 answers

December 18, 2017

Spending my education allowance

The company I work for offers a generous education allowance. Please help me figure out what I should spend it on. I'm looking for online courses relevant to my role as a digital strategist. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 2:38 PM - 2 answers

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