How To Teach a Introvert

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What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.

Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.

Cain remembers a childhood full of moments when she was urged by teachers and peers to be more outgoing and social — when that simply wasn’t in her nature. Our most important institutions, like schools and workplaces, are designed for extroverts, says Cain in her TED Talk. [Watch: The power of…

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There’s No App for Good Teaching

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8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.

Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only faster.

It’s a multi-headed challenge: Teachers need to connect with classrooms filled with distinct individuals. We all want learning to be intrinsically motivated and mindful, yet we want kids to test well and respond to bribes (er, extrinsic rewards). Meanwhile, there’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, in the US alone, hoping to sell apps and tech tools to school boards.

There’s no app for that.

But there are touchstones for bringing technology into the classroom. With educational goals as the starting point, not an afterthought, teachers can help students use — and then transcend — technology as they learn.

Children as early as Pre-Kindergarten at Love T. Nolan Elementary School in College Park, Georgia have access to the iPad to reinforce techniques taught in the classroom. Starting in pre-kindergarten, children at Love T. Nolan Elementary School in College Park, Georgia, have access to an iPad to reinforce techniques taught in the classroom. Photo by Amanda…

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‘Colgate Total’ Ingredient Linked to Cancer and Disrupted Development

I’ve read about this yesterday evening and (re)searched about it.

«The chemical triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it’s safe to put in soap, cutting boards and toys. Consumer companies are phasing it out.» – Bloomberg

«At the same time, millions of Americans are putting it in their mouths every day, by way of a top-selling toothpaste that uses the antibacterial chemical to head off gum disease.» – Bloomberg

«Other companies like ‘Avon’ and ‘Johnson & Johnson’ announced plans for phasing out the use of the chemical in their products.»
«Avon announced in March this year, which gave in to pressure from consumers and plans to phase out triclosan its line of cosmetics and personal care products.
In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson announced that by the end of 2015, will remove from its consumer products a list of potentially harmful chemicals to health, including triclosan.» – Portal Administradores News


Infarmed (National Authority of Medicine and Health Products, I.P.) – the regulatory and supervisory public institute responsible for the marketing, sale and control of medicine and other health products in Portugal – said today that the amount of triclosan present in packaging is not harmful to health: “European legislation on cosmetics specifies a maximum concentration of 0.3% compared to the use of triclosan as a preservative This value is considered safe by on Consumer Safety Committee of the European Commission in toothpastes, soaps, hand, body soaps / shower gels, deodorants, facial powders and creams brokers “.

Lusa confirmed that the toothpaste in question has a concentration of 0.3% triclosan and may therefore “be made available in the European market,” said Infarmed.

Infarmed Info Source – RTP Notícias/Lusa

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