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January 1

Low-tech presentations for young children

Anybody here familiar with that old school technology of making presentations (usually for pre-school children) using a cloth backdrop (maybe felt) and sticking cut out objects on and off of it, for storytelling? I need to rig up something like that for online teaching of kids. Pretty sure it doesn’t use Velcro (what they call “magic tape” here in Japan) because the objects affixed to the background come off very easily, and quietly. Anyone who knows about exactly what it is that they use for this, please inform! Thanks.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:52 PM - 10 answers
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December 30, 2020

PhD in Political Science or PhD in Clinical/ Social Psychology?

I am wondering what would be a better career outcome with a Phd in Political Science or a PhD in Clinical Psychology or Social Psychology? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 11:58 AM - 8 answers

December 29, 2020

Conspiracy theories: liberal edition

I'll be teaching a class on conspiracy theories and rhetoric, and most of my examples are aligned with the fringe elements of the Republican party. Obviously there is a lot of low hanging fruit. I'm wondering if there are any conspiracy theories that the left is prone to believe in? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 2:54 PM - 46 answers

December 28, 2020

Help me spend PTA money: Ideas for remote activities for K-8 students

There is a pot of PTA money available, and I am looking for ideas for how to spend it. All of the students are learning entirely remotely and will continue to do so for... well, who knows, but assume a while. These could be physical items to buy and distribute (e.g., sketchpads), or online activities (e.g., a remote music performance), or...? Links to lists of concrete ideas are okay, and even better if you have suggestions for things that have worked well for you and your students (either as a parent or a teacher).
posted by puffyn at 1:12 PM - 10 answers

December 23, 2020

Online sources for current and historical global coal industry data

I'm working in a small project/presentation where I'd like to create some charts that look at global coal industry stats over time. The minimum time range is from 1950 on, but earlier is also useful. I'd like to look at global production by year, in tons, and by coal type (anthracite, bituminous, lignite, etc.). National stats, and projections into the future, are also useful but not required. Thank you!
posted by carter at 9:13 AM - 3 answers

December 20, 2020

Teachers! Tips for transitioning from teaching high school to elementary

After many years of teaching high school world language classes, I will be switching to teaching ESOL/ELL in elementary school. Educators who have made the switch either way, I'd love your advice and anecdotes! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord at 10:18 AM - 2 answers

December 19, 2020


I was surprised to hear some of my colleagues (we are all tenured faculty members at an R1) are giving students extra credit for completing course evaluations. [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 2:02 PM - 19 answers

December 15, 2020

How to prepare for two fourth year three hour seminars an hour apart?

For next winter term I would like to take two fourth year university seminars (online because of COVID), but unforunately the two seminars are an hour apart, and three hours each, which does seem a lot. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 6:10 AM - 13 answers

December 14, 2020

Can I become a Vet Tech at 50?

I'd like to be more useful, learn new skills, build more social connections into my daily life. I'm 49 years old, living in Cape Town, South Africa. At the moment, I teach an online graphic design course from home, and write fiction. This used to work out well for me as the teaching takes up the minimum of brainspace, so I can focus on my writing. But even before lockdown I felt frustrated by being so socially isolated, and not feeling useful or needed by others. Now I am frustrated, bored, and lonely and I want next year to be different. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador at 11:08 PM - 4 answers

Tips for when your kid's at college far away

I went to college 2 hours from home, in an easily accessible big city. Now KidBlahLaLa will be going to college in the fall at a school that is far away + in a remote area that's hard to get to. Parents who've dealt this, how did you manage the practical and psychological ramifications of having your kid so far away? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 11:59 AM - 19 answers

December 13, 2020

Actually fun educational games + Activities for late elementary kids?

I have some Kids in my life who are doing online school like every kid. They are struggling, and their teacher is... out of her element. [more inside]
posted by wowenthusiast at 12:57 PM - 6 answers

December 12, 2020

meditation apps

I struggle with significant anxiety, often leading to anxiety attacks and then almost immediately a feeling of depression. I am interested in exploring meditation apps, but I have a few parameters I'd like to follow and am having trouble figuring out which app is best for me. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 9:57 AM - 15 answers

December 11, 2020

Award for teacher who went above and beyond to support a trans kid?

I was hoping to nominate my kid's elementary school teacher for the Look for the Good project's hero award. Even though they said their due date was Dec 15th, the link to nominate is now broken. Can you either help me find an active link and/or suggest a different program that I could nominate them to? The teacher made my kid's gender transition in school a beautiful, positive thing with no extra time to prepare + COVID. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 PM - 2 answers

December 9, 2020

Resources to understand the economy without abstractions/money

I am interested in understanding the economy as it pertains to the wellbeing of people, rather than the value of some subset of publicly traded companies. Particularly, I'm interested in answering questions about what the material and labour requirements are to sustain a society that can provide adequate food, water, shelter, healthcare, transportation, etc for all of its members. [more inside]
posted by wesleyac at 9:06 AM - 4 answers

December 8, 2020

Is a 529 even worth it?

Should I continue to invest in my high school kid's 529 savings plan, or have I reached a "too little too late" stage? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 7:49 AM - 12 answers

December 3, 2020

A formula tells a story, yes?

I was trying to refresh my knowledge of high school chemistry to help a family member with their homework and didn't like the way their textbook and several other sources I looked into introduced formulas without giving any real explanation of what the formulas represented in real life. Just X is defined by A times B divided by C, the end. Do you know resources that are not like that? [more inside]
posted by M. at 11:30 AM - 4 answers

How can I revive my French?

I'm looking for the best resources to refresh my french vocabulary and grammar (preferably for free). [more inside]
posted by donut_princess at 8:29 AM - 12 answers

How to hack online learning

I am going to take a fully online course in January 2020 for a professional certification. I am paying for this myself (I will write it off on my taxes) and it is important to me that I pass and pass well. My history with online learning (many years ago) is not great - I failed the shit out of some professional classes that I should have passed because I just didn't jive well with online learning. I need tips/tricks to make the format work for me. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 7:58 AM - 9 answers

December 2, 2020

What do you like and not like about online university classes?

Help me figure out my optimal online teaching strategy... details inside. [more inside]
posted by ec2y at 10:07 PM - 9 answers

December 1, 2020

What are some great overlooked jobs in the health industry?

For people who are in the know about medical jobs, what are some great jobs that pay well, are in demand, and would be a good fit for someone with a strong background in chemistry? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 10:39 AM - 15 answers

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