Sunday, July 19, 2015

Week Starting 7/11/15 Compilation: What Sets Your Class Apart

Well, we have one week of #slowAandPchat under our belts!  Our discussion centered around the unique qualities of our classrooms:


Personally, I enjoyed the conversations and questions that stemmed from tweeted responses.  Here is a summary of the main ideas that were shared as well as applicable links:

  • Gerry Marchand (@gm8585) from Huntley, Illinois makes videos with trailers (example) to draw in and peak his students interest.  This clip was very Blair Witchy:

  • Chris Ludwig (@chrisludwig) from La Junta, Colorado and his students visit a local professors' human cadaver lab. The dissection they see is the culmination of one years' worth of work.  Highlights includes smokers' lungs and implanted pacemakers.
  • Chris's students create digital portfolios using Google Sites.
  • Erika Factor (@erikafactor) pushes her students to prepare for the material and time management skills required in college A&P.  She finds that focusing on study skills helps students adjust to the sheer volume of material, as well as planning-out the semester to the day.
  • Pete VanKempen (@MrVK) from Coopersville, Michigan uses cow and sheep eyes and hearts procured from local butchers for dissection. In addition, he uses cats for muscle and internal anatomy.
  • Cara Johnson (@AHSAnatomy) from Allen, Texas vacuum seals her cats and uses them for the following five dissections: integumentary, muscular, skeletal, digestive and CV
  • Cara also borrows the local CC's @syndaver synthetic cadaver.  Her students take selfies with different portions of the model, which an explanatory blurb and tweet them out using the #syndaverselfie15 hashtag:

  • Dr. Ellen Weber (@ellenfweber) from Rochester, New York looks at the relationship between the amygdala, student emotional well being and student learning:

  • Chris Baker (@bakerhhhs) from Horsham, PA teaches his students the basics of assessing emergency scenes, obtaining vital signs and H&P's, developing different diagnoses, clinical impressions and treatment plans.
  • Chris's students also perform post-thoracotomy endotracheal intubation on dissected rats and pigs:

Participants: if any of the above is inaccurate, misinterpreted, incorrect or just plain missing, PLEASE let me know and I will fix!

Thanks again for a great first week and for your enthusiasm and time.  I can foresee these chats and summaries becoming a very useful and well-used and shared resource. 

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