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Unsaturated fats linked to longer, healthier life

Unsaturated fats linked to longer, healthier life | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Most importantly, replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats conferred substantial health benefits. This study provides further support for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that emphasize the types of fat rather than total amount of fat in the diet.
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How Do I Make Friends At Work?

How Do I Make Friends At Work? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The best way to start might be to chat with some of the people you are closest to. It's okay to confide in them that you feel disconnected to everyone at work because so much of your work is done alone. Invite them to have lunch with you. Along the way, you can also ask them to bring along a few other people you might benefit from meeting.
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Dry Pits, Full Hearts, Can't Lose: Inside the Unsinkable American Deodorants Market

Dry Pits, Full Hearts, Can't Lose: Inside the Unsinkable American Deodorants Market | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

America didn't always have a love affair with dry pits. The first ever trademarked antiperspirant, Everdry, came out in 1903. It worked, but the user experience lacked.From a 1990 New York Times article: "Everdry was cold, sticky, slow to dry, and so stinging and acidic that it ate through clothing." Not surprisingly, it didn't take off.

 

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This could be interesting for a secondary school health class. A history of deodorant, especially for middle school, would be entertaining and informative. 

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Teaching and Assessing Student Resiliencies

Teaching and Assessing Student Resiliencies | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In this fourth post in a series about comprehensive student assessment, I’m taking on the subject of resilience and how it is we can both teach and assess students in this area. I’ve been arguing
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Resilience is one of the most important qualities our students need to build and develop. They encompass a lot of skills though. Many are listed in this article. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 20, 2014 1:16 PM

I will have to think about the assessment part. As long as it is a formative process or assessment as learning, it is probably workable. For marks, I don't think so.

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Video Games Can Help Boost Social, Memory & Cognitive Skills - PsychCentral.com

Video Games Can Help Boost Social, Memory & Cognitive Skills - PsychCentral.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Video Games Can Help Boost Social, Memory & Cognitive Skills
PsychCentral.com
A new review on the positive effects of playing video games finds that the interaction may boost children's learning, health and social skills.
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Internet Privacy and Social Networking Study

Internet Privacy and Social Networking Study | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Results of the Study

Not surprisingly, the AdLab found that communicating through social networking websites was second-nature to the study participants. However, while student were aware that the sites are inherently public, they were unaware of how public the information on these sites is and how that information can be used against them.

 

Through case studies and questionnaires, the researchers examined the students' use patterns and assessed their awareness of privacy and ethics online. The results reflect that while students regularly use the Internet in general, and social networking sites in particular, to find information about others online, many study participants had a "blind spot" in not fully realizing that the same type of a search could be performed about them.

 

The students in the study recognized that a person must take responsibility for his or her online profile, but insisted that it was wrong to judge that person by what he or she chose to post online.

 

In general, the study participants were only vaguely aware that people other than peers and classmates might be looking at their profiles. Instead, the students somewhat naïvely expected a degree of personal and professional separation online even if potential hiring managers, internship coordinators, or athletic coaches were viewing the materials online. In reality, the delineation between a person's "virtual" and "real" life appears to exist only for the college-aged participants. They appeared uncomfortable with the notion that few others make a similar distinction.

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This is a resource that can help inform and support educators who are facilitating learning of privacy, Internet, and social networking safety.

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Chocolate may help keep brain healthy | KurzweilAI

Chocolate may help keep brain healthy | KurzweilAI | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
(Credit: iStockphoto) Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp, according to
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This article and other articles promoting chocolate could be useful in exploring critical thinking skills and writing in a science class. There are many studies supporting chocolate. There may be others opposing chocolate. The same can be said about caffeine. Such inquiry could explore the impact of perceived authority when certain journals and organizations are cited in the study. Statistics can also get examined. Fallacies can be indentified and defined/explored in the articles themselves or in the resulting discussions. Research design and kinds of research can be explored as well. 

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Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.

Via Maree Whiteley
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This resource could drive a number of different kinds of activities and discussions, including groups for counselors.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:47 AM

Great lesson opportunities here- critical thinking, intercultural understanding, consumerism and so much more...

Sharrock's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:26 AM

This resource could drive a number of different kinds of activities and discussions, including groups for counselors. Some of the pictures could also deliver emotional impacts for board presentations and presentations to teachers and community members. Puts things into perspective and directs us towards what really matters. 

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Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair

Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When a friend started her job at a big company, a family friend, who also worked there, pulled her aside.Many people in their workplace had affairs, he said, and he’d seen lots of relationships
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This is valuable and has so many good points for  the size of the article. I like the insights embedded in the tips as well. I wonder how often educators get in these situations. We have mentors, collaborative teacher/partners (inclusive classrooms), teacher teams, etc. Then there is the high stress of the off/on nature. There are various ways to blow-off steam. Having something in common around work can give the appearance that you have "more things in common" than your own spouse. And, in education, as it is with many other careers, the time spent at work usually adds up to more than the time we spend (awake) at home. "Temptations are a part of life"--as the song goes-- but so many songs focus on fun and intrigue rather than happiness. 

It's something to think about. 

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Reframing Your Dark Side: Embracing Your Shadow Is Key to Genuine Mental Health

Reframing Your Dark Side: Embracing Your Shadow Is Key to Genuine Mental Health | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
it’s often counterproductive to think of emotions as solely “positive” or “negative,” but instead to ask yourself, “Am I responding to this emotion in a constructive or destructive way?”
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author's insight: "The mind is a very complex and interesting thing. While many of the things discussed in this article can be dangerous and destructive in high doses, they can also be healthy and constructive to embrace every now and then. I highly recommend checking out the book The Upside of Your Dark Side if you’d like to learn more."

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The Benefits of Play for Adults: How Play Can Improve Your Health, Work, and Family Relationships

The Benefits of Play for Adults: How Play Can Improve Your Health, Work, and Family Relationships | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Play is not just for kids. Learn how play can improve your relationships, creativity, and productivity.
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40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

This particular list is intended for adolescents (age 12-18). If you'd like to see the lists for other age groups, you can find them on the Developmental Assets Lists page.

For more information on the assets and the research behind them, see the Developmental Assets research page.

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Great organization that did a lot of research in resilience.

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Grit and the Need for Achievement

Grit is best defined as a personality trait with two key components:

1) A passion for long-term goals

2) The powerful motivation to achieve these goals through the necessary work, practice, and time.

 

Recent studies show grit and a healthy need for achievement can have many psychological benefits.
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excerpt: "Lack of grit is the reason why incredibly talented people sometimes never reach success. Because no matter how smart or talented you are, you still need to put in the work and have the resilience to overcome obstacles and continue marching forward when things get tough."

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Depression Quest: An Interactive (non)Fiction About Living with Depression

Depression Quest: An Interactive (non)Fiction About Living with Depression | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment. This game aims to show other sufferers of depression that they are not alone in their feelings, and to illustrate to people who may not understand the illness the depths of what it can do to people. 

Since the goal is to spread awareness, there is no minumum amount you need to pay to play the game. However, if you do choose to pay the developers for their efforts, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to iFred, a charity that aims to fight back against depression and the stigma against it. 

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This game would increase awareness of students in a Health class, but might also be useful in a school guidance counseling program (graduate students learning to become school guidance counselors) or for schools where school guidance counselors enter classrooms and facilitate learning around certain topics. 

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The darkside of social media | USA TODAY College

The darkside of social media | USA TODAY College | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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It's amazing that college students don't recognize that that their profiles are searched just as they search the profiles of others. I wonder if it is a case that they find others more interesting than themselves, that no one would be interested enough. Or is it that anonymity effect of the Internet, that people can't face people so believe they are invisible.

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WHO | World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2013

WHO | World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2013 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2013: news, media, campaign materials, technical resources. (explore the historic infections through lenses: political, religious, technological developments, the arts, and economics. do the same for current events. how much impact does infection have?)
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Here Are The Most Expensive Cities To Run A Household In America

Here Are The Most Expensive Cities To Run A Household In America | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The most expensive and affordable places where families can live the American Dream. (dated materials can be used in classrooms just like primary documents in social studies classes can be used.)
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