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June 23

Flipping out about flipped classrooms

I have been volun-told to "flip" the first-year medical student module pertaining to my specialty. I have an interest in medical education, but no formal education/pedagogy training, so have been googling to try to figure out what this means and how to do it most effectively. Educators of Mefi: what are the best practices around a flipped classroom model that actually get students to do the pre-class reading/video watching and engage in discussion? [more inside]
posted by basalganglia at 5:43 AM - 8 answers

June 22

Literature based Geography class for Kinder/1st Grade - books needed

In the fall, I will be teaching a geography class to kinder and first grade students. I would like to read a story from different countries/cultures as part of this, and potentially do a craft or something after we learn about the area. Please give me some good leads on potential storybooks that we could use. [more inside]
posted by 101cats at 5:06 PM - 2 answers

Is pursuing a MSc in Environmental Sustainability a bad idea?

I originally wanted to do a MA in English Literature/MFA Creative Writing, but the career prospects are grim. (Planning on doing an MA in Political Science next year). I am wondering if pursuing an MSc in Environmental Sustainability would be a good idea career-wise? (For a second Masters?). [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 12:40 PM - 14 answers

June 17

[Syllabi planning filter] Teaching a plethora of globalizations

I'm teaching two undergrad level courses in the fall: globalization and international political economy. There will be considerable content and student enrollment overlap. How can I structure the courses to minimize repetition whilst staying sane? More details within... [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 2:26 AM - 6 answers

June 14

Potential new career for SAHM reentering workforce?

Mrs. Mikey51 has been home with our kids for 10 years and is looking to reenter the workforce within the next few years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, but does not want to go further in that field. She is willing to go to school for a couple years to get certified in a certain field, but unsure of some good options. She is leery about the medical field. What are some good non-medical career paths that would only need certification or an associate's degree?
posted by Mikey51 at 2:17 PM - 8 answers

June 11

How to help a student get into college when the parent is against it?

I have a 17 yr old family member who just finished the 11th grade, and l very much want to help with the college admission process. However, her father (who never made it through high school and was once imprisoned) is doing things that directly discourage or interfere in this goal. He apparently tells her she should give up and just join the military, and is also extremely controlling and won't let her take part in any type of extracurriculars. I live across the country from them, and so far all I'm able to do so far is call her (on her parents' phone since they took away her phone) and try to talk to her about her plans. I've also mailed her copies of college materials and books on the subject (her internet access is also restricted). Right now I'm particularly concerned about the fact that she's not able to take part in anything outside of the home, not volunteering, not a job, etc. Are there things you all think she could do that while she's effectively homebound over the summer to improve her chances when she's applying to schools? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing at 10:16 PM - 26 answers

June 10

Help a non-data brain learn data stuff

How can I get my very historically non-math and data-oriented brain to learn a bunch of data fundamentals? I'm 30, don't speak or think in terms of data, suck at math, suck at stats, have severe ADD, and hugely struggle with abstract concepts like "data models", "one-to-many/many-to-one relationships", "joining tables", and even "tables" in general. [more inside]
posted by windbox at 9:47 AM - 7 answers

Benefits of advanced accounting degree/CPA licensure?

What are the benefits to having an advanced accounting degree or the requirements for CPA licensure? (or being a CPA) Trying to find out what new options may be available to me if I pursue this path. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetfairy at 8:14 AM - 3 answers

June 9

I have x, therefore I am x-ed

How can I teach the correct usage of the words bias and biased to my students? Seeking other word pairs that work the same. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 6:55 PM - 17 answers

June 7

Academic basis for "participatory learning"

What is the academic basis for participatory approaches in learning, especially in classrooms where second or other languages are being taught? [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 1:04 PM - 7 answers

Where do your kids do their computer homework?

In what part of the house do your middle schoolers do computer homework? Do they have dedicated desks? Float around with laptops? Share a family computer in an open space? How do you keep them on task and away from distractions? How did you figure it out? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 11:50 AM - 15 answers

Awareness vs Triggering: Suicide Prevention Campaign on Campus

The small community college where I work is engaged in a heated discussion about a suicide awareness campaign. Resources/framing advice needed. [more inside]
posted by Caxton1476 at 11:07 AM - 25 answers

June 6

Name My Children (Small Group Categories Elementary)

My class is divided into A and B. We normally give each group a cute name. This year I had apple group and banana group. But, I also have small groups in each grouping. I'd love to be able to further subdivide my A and B groups without resorting to colors to distinguish them. I'm after suggestions of category pairs! Thoughts so far are for Fruits and Vegetables or Plants and Animals.
posted by Trifling at 6:02 AM - 14 answers

June 5

Language learning for the rather hearing impaired?

I have long wanted to both learn Mandarin and increase my Japanese vocabulary, but now that I have moderate hearing loss I'm finding language acquisition challenging. With Mandarin I really can't distinguish between some of the tones, and am stymied by most language learning materials. Are there any materials geared more towards the written language? Also, could someone point me towards good tutorials on entering characters into Windows 10? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 12:26 PM - 5 answers

June 4

More easy Japanese - with English?

I'm looking for more easy Japanese to read (maybe third or fourth grade level?) with English translations. Online? Books? With audio? Online used book sellers? Kids' magazines? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 8:47 AM - 7 answers

May 31

How and why should I go back to school?

My employer offers a tuition reimbursement program which would cover a couple of college courses per year fully. I'm not sure whether to use this as a way to finish my degree, or to enroll in a few targeted, career-focused courses or certificate programs. Further complications inside. [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 2:35 PM - 14 answers

May 29

Good books for 7yo who reads at about a sixth grade level?

Good books for 7yo who reads at about a sixth grade level? The big thing is that there can't be anything "scary." Narnia and Roald Dahl are both out for this reason, unfortunately. Help?
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 9:37 AM - 34 answers

Latin Class online

Are there any online courses (whether with or without credit) that teach latin that are worth paying for? (Or free?) [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 7:07 AM - 9 answers

May 28

Graduation approaches: What free/discounted stuff can I get as a student

I am a graduate student who will be done with studenthood in June. I just realized that there's probably a ton of great resources that I can load up on before my studenthood expires this summer. I've Googled and come across some generic lists (Amazon Prime, Spotify, discounts on clothing) but I'm really interested in loading up some more professionally oriented goodies like professional memberships and academic/research software. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 9:54 AM - 7 answers

May 27

Looking for suggestions for a summer (or other) photography program

A friend of mine studied photography in college, but hasn't kept up with it for a while. They are now interested in getting back into it, and are trying to find a full time, 6-8 week program to get back into the swing of things. One snag: they're most excited about color film photography. More snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by wooh at 8:39 AM - 7 answers

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