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May 30

New or emerging secular online-/homeschool options for ages 14-18?

In light of the massive shift from conventional to online schooling, I'm looking for new or emerging online schooling or homeschooling options for English-speaking students ages 14-18. The ideal recommendation would (in rough order of importance)... [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 11:11 AM - 3 answers

Learning is important. Figuring out how to learn is important too.

When tutoring someone you don't want to spoonfeed. Striking the right balance can be hard though. What are some techniques you use to support independent inquiry in students while still allowing them to feel supported? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone at 10:44 AM - 11 answers

May 28

Art History Book Suggestions

I want to learn more about art history, and require your book recommendations. Assume I have a base level of knowledge (I've been to some museums here in the US and in Europe and took the audio tours, etc.), so something akin to a college-level textbook (though it doesn't need to be one). If you need more particulars, I'd probably prefer something about art history over a variety of periods vs. diving deeply into one. I'd also love for it to encompass art globally, but Western art would be were I'd concentrate if I had to narrow down the scale. What are your suggestions?
posted by po822000 at 2:37 PM - 13 answers

What online training should I get my employer to pay for?

I'm a digital project manager for a small firm. I oversee the entire website creation process and act as a liaison between the client and the dev team, as well as handling client accounts for completed projects. Due to the pandemic, I've been furloughed. And while I can't take on other work during this time, I can get training paid for by my employer. Thinking about the future, what should I study? And who should I study with? [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 2:17 AM - 10 answers

May 26

Is a Master's from the London School of Economics worth it?

Hi. I am keen on doing a master's in political science in the next year and a half or two, and I am wondering how is the London School of Economics reputation received in Canada and the US? Is it worth going to LSE for a year or two for a master's degree? Or even a PhD? McGill or UWaterloo are definitely my dream schools for Poli Sci). [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 11:38 AM - 16 answers

May 24

I am unsure whether I should study abroad in Germany

First, I'll start by explaining who I am. I live in Latin America, in particular Costa Rica. You can live pretty well here for the most part. However, it isn't enough for me and I want to leave. I feel stagnant and I feel that if I stay here I may never achieve my goals. [more inside]
posted by Tarsonis10 at 5:02 PM - 9 answers

May 22

Back to school

Teachers of English in countries where English is not the first language: did you take a course for it and do you think it was worth it? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 3:13 PM - 4 answers

May 20

Alternatives to Duolingo for Latin and German

I've been using Duolingo to brush up on my German and start learning Latin, and it is . . . not optimal. Are there better apps for this? Or something besides apps? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 9:07 AM - 16 answers

May 17

Summer camp during pandemic?

I'm trying to figure out what I want to do about summer camp for Little eirias (7). Would you send your kid to a day camp during a pandemic? What would you be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by eirias at 2:09 PM - 18 answers

May 15

poor quality sources needed

Poor quality source on Ancient Egypt needed. I want to try and show students the difference between a high quality source and a low quality source, but I'm struggling to find actual examples of lower quality sources. Audience of 11-13 year-olds. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 3:00 AM - 12 answers

May 14

Academic phrase or come-on?

I’m looking for some phrases or terminology from academia that could also be applied to flirting. I’m writing a lighthearted, but ultimately sad, short story about a girl having an emotional affair with a classmate who’s a few years older than her. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 2:24 PM - 17 answers

May 12

Best psych universities for cognitive, counseling and developmental

Can you help me list out the top universities for undergrad and graduate degrees in cognitive, developmental and counseling psychology. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:49 PM - 2 answers

May 5

What books and movies would my Ancient Egypt-loving 8 year old enjoy?

My 8-year old son and I are doing a deep dive into Ancient Egypt as we shelter in place, watching a lecture series on Kanopy. It touched on the Biblical stories of Joseph and the Exodus, so I showed him the Dreamworks movies The Prince of Egypt and Joseph: King of Dreams. He enjoyed them, but they were both stories of outsiders to the Egyptian culture, and he wanted stories with an insider POV. Can you recommend any stories set in Ancient Egypt, from the perspective of someone from that culture? [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 4:32 PM - 8 answers

May 3

YANML: Does Zooming a student who has a grade complaint violate FERPA?

I have a college student very upset about her grade and a due date which she claimed I changed in verbal conversations. She wants to Zoom. Would recording the Zoom session (w/ notice to the student and providing her the recording) give rise to FERPA concerns? [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 8:27 AM - 9 answers

Best introductory text on the history of the modern state of Israel?

What single work, preferably a readable one for a general audience, would you recommend for someone who knows nearly nothing about the history of the modern state of Israel? I don't want a detailed account that finishes with 1948, as I'm as interested in the more recent history too.
posted by Hadrian at 2:31 AM - 2 answers

April 29

An already reluctant learner and COVID-19 distance learning

So Taffeta Boy who was failing fourth grade at the beginning of the year managed to turn it around pretty well over the year and has recently been diagnosed with ADD. And then COVID-19 and distance learning hit. He is struggling (and so am I). [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! at 6:28 PM - 13 answers

April 27

How do I find a percentage of something?

I failed basic maths back in the day [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 11:31 AM - 15 answers

One weird trick for teaching remote classes.

To those teaching university classes via videoconferencing: what tips or techniques are working for you? [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:46 AM - 6 answers

April 26

University and Covid-19 - should I stay or should I go?

I'm a current UK university student, about to move from a foundation year course onto the first year of the degree "proper". I have huge misgivings about starting university at such an uncertain time, particularly with regard to the course offering - online learning just isn't working for me and isn't the ideal platform for a very practical degree course, but it's going to be the norm for the foreseeable. I'm also worried about losing out on university as a place to continue my gender transition. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by winterhill at 4:44 AM - 16 answers

April 24

In which subfields of computer science can I learn more about math?

First, I've asked a ton of questions related to this, it's annoying yes, but I want to apply to a masters degree and part of doing that is doing research and asking questions to narrow down the scope. [more inside]
posted by Tarsonis10 at 10:16 PM - 13 answers

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