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September 14

What did you do with your history degree?

I teach history at the university level. I regularly get questions from history majors, potential majors, and their parents about what in heck they can do with a BA in history. I found this recent question about what MeFites have done with their English degrees to be eye-opening and inspiring, and so I ask: if you have a history BA, could you please tell me about your employment path? How has your history degree shaped (or not) that path? Because I can't help myself, I've included some historical context for this question under the fold. [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion at 12:07 PM - 30 answers

September 13

No hablo español - best way to teach myself Spanish (again, sort of)?

I am tired of only being able to speak one language and I really want to try to learn Spanish. I did take it in late middle school, high school and for a year in college, which was obviously way too late in life for it to have really taken hold. But I'm ready to try again! Snowflake details below... [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 12:35 PM - 5 answers

September 12

Did I screw myself out of grad school?

I graduated from a state school in 2009 with a 2.77 overall GPA. I technically should have graduated in 2008, but was only going part time, so I stretched it out and became a "super senior." I'll be the first to admit...I struggled with undiagnosed mental health and alcohol abuse issues for the majority of my early-mid 20s, so I simply didn't apply myself as much as I could have. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek at 10:44 AM - 17 answers

September 11

Audiobooks for schools

I am a school psychologist in a small public charter school (grades 6 – 12) in CA. Some of our students who are on IEPs or 504 Plans have access to audiobooks as an accommodation. I am looking for the most cost effective and timely way to get access to audiobooks for individual students. [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahrealcute at 6:56 PM - 13 answers

Podcasts Not Telecasts (Kids Edition)

Can you recommend good quality podcasts for kids? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 1:23 AM - 10 answers

September 10

Learning Chinese characters for an ABC

I recently renewed one of my perennial resolutions to get better at Chinese. My problem is that for diaspora reasons my proficiency is at a weird level that means I don't really fit with most language-learning courses. Are there any apps for people who can speak and understand Chinese but can't read? [more inside]
posted by storytam at 5:52 PM - 13 answers

Getting your kid into college, 2019 edition.

You're a middle class parent with a bright kid. You navigated the US college system within the last few years. Your kid got in somewhere that won't break the bank, whether that's because it's a lower-cost school or you got lots of grants/scholarships/etc. How? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:33 PM - 39 answers

September 9

Is a capstone project course similar to a practicum?

Hi. I am a fourth year undergrad, studying a minor in environmental studies and sustainability. I am taking a third-year capstone project course, but I am not sure if it can be considered a practicum for work experience? There's a lot of group research projects and individual research projects as well. I am not sure, since most practicums take place outside of the academic classroom, I believe?
posted by RearWindow at 3:20 PM - 7 answers

Looking for an interview I heard a piece of

I recently heard a snippet of an interview. (It must have been on NPR, so this should be easy for you guys. ) [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 11:18 AM - 8 answers

Robotics kit for an 8 year old?

My 8 year old is interested in finding a robot/robotics model-type kit that he can build and work with on his own, w/little or no assistance from me. Looking for suggestions from the parents, teachers, and parent/teacher adjacent among you who have direct experience w/the options. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 9:59 AM - 10 answers

September 8

Book for learning modern web development

Mrs Mars is teaching herself web development. She’d like to have an actual book, both as a reference and because that’s her preferred way of learning. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 4:46 PM - 3 answers

September 5

Book 'em.

I'm struggling to come up with a catchy name for a book club! I'm a middle school librarian and I am starting a quarterly book club at my middle school where we will be picking books that have been made into movies. We'll read the book, then discuss, make some sort of themed craft or project, then watch the movie while eating themed snacks. This is very last minute as I need to turn in my club request form tomorrow. Thanks hive-mind!
posted by firei at 2:41 PM - 31 answers

September 3

Thinking About What She's Doing When She's Chewing

How do I get my daughter to chew with her mouth closed? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 9:36 PM - 10 answers

how to make adult education literacy class inclusive and welcoming

I am teaching a small adult literacy college class this semester (maximum 10 students) and, inspired by recent threads by neurodiverse folks/people with disabilities, am looking for advice on best practices in an adult education classroom. I’d prefer to hear directly from neurodiverse folks/people with disabilities themselves (links to first person articles about lived experience would also be fine). Specifically, I’d like to know how to be a more effective instructor and how to make the classroom a more secure, welcoming, comfortable place for everyone. I do always ask the students for input on how they best like to learn, but most of them haven’t been in school for a while so they may not know right away what to suggest. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 9:29 AM - 8 answers

September 1

SF Short stories for returnee program?

I'm looking for suggestions for short stories for a returnee English course in a Japanese junior/senior high school. My own personal preference is science fiction, but I'm open to anything. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 7:07 PM - 12 answers

August 30

Fun themes for 3 year olds

I'm looking for some books, songs, props, and easy circle activities to share with a group of 1-3 year olds, on specific themes. [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 12:52 PM - 5 answers

August 29

Best read-aloud for 10-11 year old?

I’m going to be teaching a Grade 5/6 class, perhaps for the whole year, and my last teaching assignment was Grade 1 French. Hit me up with your best, most engaging literature suggestions for this age group! [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 7:00 PM - 30 answers

August 22

Should I gain work experience before graduate school?

I am wanting to go to grad school, but I do not have much professional experience -- I will be doing an academic internship next year, but that will be all the professional experience I will have in my fourth year undergraduate degree. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 5:54 AM - 13 answers

August 20

Incorporating English for bilingual toddlers

My wife and I both speak English and Spanish, and we've been speaking to our 2.5-year-old twins exclusively in Spanish since they were born. At this point, they're both very talkative in Spanish, but we're wondering if or when we should start incorporating more English. [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 5:37 PM - 10 answers

Find my quote on performance expectations

Years ago, I remember reading a quote about performance expectations. It was something about how we think we judge our standards by the best work we receive, but our actual standard is the lowest quality work that we accept. I think the line was in a book about teaching (and so the context was about teachers setting the standard as the worst student work that they would pass or would not require to be resubmitted). I have no clue how to track down this quote!
posted by philosophygeek at 9:38 AM - 4 answers

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