I looked forward to Chapter 27, the Primitive Worms with much anticipation this year. Having taught the unit for many years, little else is as simultaneously revolting and intriguing as the parasitic worms we study from Phylum Platyhelimenthes and Phylum Nematoda. As I prepared a few ideas for the students, I couldn't help but put forth parasitic lifecycle scenarios and have the students figure out what critter had caused a particular infection, examine the symptoms, and determine a means to treat the infected patient.
Students love playing the role of Dr. Awesome, an emergency room physician faced with just about every medical situation imaginable. Well, this time, there were two scenarios. The root idea behind these projects was to immerse students in a role requiring considerable application of knowledge, leading to analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, and evaluation in determining how to treat the patient. Putting everything together in an immersive way is quite appealing and from student work it showed.
I'll post student projects as they're graded. Many are not video based, so I'll provide a screencast with my thoughts as I tour various works.
Anyhow, here are the scenarios...
Scenario 1 - Calling Dr. Awesome!
A patient has been admitted exhibiting the following symptoms: a spotty, itchy skin rash, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, nausea. She complains of muscle aches, fever, chills, joint pains & splinter-like hemorrhages under the fingernails. There is eye inflammation. She attended a barbecue recently serving beef steak, fried chicken, macaroni & potato salad & pulled pork sandwiches. What possible pathogens might have caused the symptoms & how will you treat the patient?
The rubric for the project was fun to create, leaving considerable time to provide anecdotal feedback and clear marking criteria for the students --> see the rubric here
Student Project --> A Cartoon Response - so very well done.
Other Student Projects --> Summarized in the Blog Post -- "Where are We Now"
Scenario 2 - Calling Dr. Awesome ... again?
Calling Dr. Awesome again! A patient has been admitted exhibiting the following symptoms: itching of the anus and "private" area, trouble sleeping, general restlessness, and irritability. She complains of nausea, and occasional abdominal pain. Her dog was recently treated and had been dragging its bum along the floor. What possible pathogens might have caused her symptoms and how will you treat her?
The rubric is much the same as project 1 above --> see the rubric here
Welcome to the eCampusLive blog. I'm Jerry Bleecker. I teach Biology, Science, Information Technology, Computer Arts, and more. It's an exciting year to share our experiences with our flipped classroom endeavour.