Pumpkin Teaching TipWritten by Freda J. Glatt, M.A.
At this time of year, try using a REAL pumpkin when making your pies, bread, etc. Why? 1. Children will see what inside of a pumpkin really looks like. Have them use adjectives to describe what they see, smell, and feel. Depending upon age group, have children draw or write about experience and mail it to a friend or relative. 2. Bake seeds. If possible, compare them to seeds you buy at grocery store. Which tastes better? Why do you think so? Which is cheaper? (NOTE: Remember cost of pumpkin for this answer!) Do these seeds remind you of any other seeds you can eat? Which ones? 3. By all means, let your children help you bake! They will be practicing measurement skills, reading, following directions, and sequencing, not to mention health and safety. Ask what would happen if they put in too much or too little of an ingredient. What would happen if they skipped a step or reversed order? For instance, they put all ingredients in a bowl without mixing them, pour this into pie shell, and bake. What do they think final result will look and taste like? By asking such questions, children practice critical thinking.
The Retail Cardiac Chain of Survival; or, How to Survive a Heart Attack at the MallWritten by Don Ross
What if your customer suddenly clutched his chest and passed out in front of you? Do you know what to do?
The federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) states that "A successful chain of survival requires first person on scene to take rapid and simple initial steps to care for patient and assure that patient promptly enters emergency medical services system. These steps include--
Recognize an emergency and activate EMS; Begin CPR; and Use an automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is available at scene."
While most bystanders in USA and Mexico are not required to get involved, one would hope that common dictate of humanity, to help our fellow human beings, would prevail over any other concerns. Standard precautions are enough to prevent transmission of most diseases and Good Samaritan Laws protect us from being sued, as long as there is no gross negligence. In fact, both State and Federal laws protect all parties involved, including rescuers, trainers, facilities, etc. According to National Center for Early Defibrillation, "...organizations that carefully adopt and implement early defibrillation programs face a lower legal liability risk than those that do not." So, let's explore this cardiac chain of survival and how a savvy mall rat could use it to land their next job or promotion.
Pay attention to your customers. If one doesn't look well, ask how he feels and if you may be of assistance. Know signals of a heart attack:
Sweating, difficulty breathing Persistent pressure in chest, side or back
If he does not look well, but does not want your help, keep an eye from a distance. Don't forget about him. Just watch. If you are still concerned, call 9-1-1. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Activate EMS, Emergency Medical System
If he goes unconscious, send someone immediately to call 9-1-1. In a mall, you are rarely by yourself, so use others to your advanage. Send someone to call security to bring AED and yet another to fetch a First Aid kit.
Begin ABCs of CPR
Open Airway (head tilt, chin lift). Give two Breaths.