I'm up and running with my Human Body study and these kids LOVE learning about this stuff! I can't say that I blame them - this stuff really is fun to learn about. And definitely fun to teach - especially the way I've decided to teach it. My kiddos are conducting Medical Conferences throughout this week. My classes have been divided into three different Medical Clinics, each with six types of specialists. The specialists are all coming together to form their Medical Conference, where they are teaching one another about their specific specialty. I really love giving students the freedom to own their own learning. It's definitely building their confidence levels and they don't feel like they're being forced to learn things they don't really want to learn about.
With that being said, of course I have to have a way to make sure they are learning what they need to be learning! Hence, the creation of these lovely "Medical Charts".
medical folders that I made for them and I've heard a lot of them referring to one another as "Dr. So-and-So". It's so cute and it's neat that they are taking this so seriously. And I really do think that it has everything to do with making it authentic with these little touches like this.
I made a medical terminology sheet for each of the six human body systems that we are studying. You can download those here. Once they have all the necessary information to truly become experts in their specialty, they will take their board exams. Upon passing, they will be able to reconvene with their original medical clinics and teach them what they learned so that ultimately, all students become expects in each field.
I also made a sheet that will allow students to summarize each system on one page:
Tomorrow, we are starting to talk about the models, diagrams, or demonstrations that they might want to do for their presentations (for teaching the other members of their clinics about their specialty.) I am SO EXCITED to be able to come back and share on my blog what they come up with.