Sheila M. Martin-Corbin
This unit is designed for an eleventh and twelfth grade Human Anatomy and Physiology class. Surprisingly enough twelfth grade students are still questioning the rationale for taking
in general and are constantly searching for reasons for taking Human Anatomy and Physiology class. Students strongly believe that only prospective nurses and medical students need to take this class. It is my hope that this unit will awaken their minds and broaden their knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
This course is an elective science course and is generally offered to upperclassmen.
Students in this class are very unique and showcase a wide range of academic abilities. Some students are in this class due to scheduling problems, other students who do not need the credit, students who failed chemistry and a few who are motivated to learn. Despite these obstacles I often engage my students with inquiry-based activities, allowing them to express any form of art in their presentations.. Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School encourages different forms of art and students are encouraged to use their skills to express themselves. Those students who find difficulty say in language arts, writing and /or speaking are given several opportunities to respond in other ways to illustrate their answers. In order to accommodate the needs of those students it is so important to implement varied instructional strategies in order to maximize their skills and improve their academic performance.
Students will have the opportunity to perform hands-on classroom activities, whereby they can visualize and make the connection between human physiology and health issues of the body depicted by actual graphical data. Challenging classroom activities may include creative pamphlets, collages, and laboratory activities, researching reports and participating in panel discussions. The subject matter will then be relevant and student-friendly to each and every student. He or she will become aware of the relationship between preventive measures versus possible health hazards and the potential for greater strength and a healthier life-style. As a result, well-informed students will hopefully act as a ‘change agent’ to further educate their peers and society as a whole in promoting a healthy and enjoyable life-style leading to good health.