Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Muscle: A Gripping Story by Roy Meals | TAPP 142


Get pumped up for Episode 142, where we have the honor of hosting Dr. Roy Meals, the musculoskeletal maestro! ๐Ÿ’ช We're gonna flex our curiosity muscles and explore every nook and cranny of his latest masterpiece, Muscle: The Gripping Story of Strength and Movement. This episode's so dynamic, you might need a protein shake afterward!

  • 0:00:00 | Introduction
  • 0:01:13 | Re-Introducing Dr. Roy Meals
  • 0:04:08 | Muscle Strain & Why We Train
  • 0:13:53 | What Sword Swallowing Teaches Us About Muscle
  • 0:24:49 | Muscle Stories: Learning Should Be Fun
  • 0:38:48 | Staying Connected

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Muscles are in a most intimate and peculiar sense the organs of the will. They have built all the roads, cities and machines in the world, written all the books, spoken all the words, and, in fact done everything that man has accomplished with matter. Character might be in a sense defined as a plexus of motor habits. (G. Stanley Hall)

 

Re-Introducing Dr. Roy Meals

3 minutes

This segment reacquaints us with Dr. Roy Meals, who previously joined us for a chat about his book about bones back in Episode 82. An orthopedic surgeon and clinical educator, has been turning his talents to creating interesting books about the skeletomuscular aspects of human anatomy and physiology.

★ Roy A. Meals (biography) my-ap.us/2UyHrpy

Bones: Inside and Out—A Chat with Dr. Roy Meals | TAPP 82 (previous episode with Roy Meals)

★ The A&P Professor Book Club | Bones: Inside and Out (read a review, link to booksellers, earn a credential!)

★ Doctors Demystify (Dr. Meals's online mini-courses) AandP.info/mlj

★ Thanks to listener Dr. David Allard, who started me on the path to connecting with Dr. Meals.

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Muscle: A Gripping Story by Roy Meals | TAPP 142 

Muscle Strain & Why We Train

9.5 minutes

Join Kevin Patton and Dr. Roy Meals in this segment as they reunite and discuss Roy's new book about muscles. They begin by unravelling the mysteries of muscle health and strength. In this captivating conversation, you'll learn why muscles don't actually "tear" and discover the multifaceted benefits of strength training. Get ready to challenge your preconceptions!

★ Muscle: The Gripping Story of Strength and Movement (the book we're discussing in this episode) geni.us/Bv5fpQU

★ The A&P Professor Book Club | Musle: The Gripping Story of Strength and Movement (read a review, link to booksellers, earn a credential!)

★ The Silent Teacher Special | Episode 49 (where Kevin first discusses training to be a body donor)

 

What Sword Swallowing Teaches Us About Muscle

11 minutes

In this segment, Roy and Kevin delve into the unusual art of sword swallowing and how it relates to the role of smooth muscles in the body. Dr. Meals also highlights the underappreciated significance of smooth muscles and their prevalence throughout the body. The conversation touches on the cardiac muscle's incredible durability, as well as the remarkable adaptations of tails in various animals.

★ How to Survive Swallowing a Sword (brief video on what is meant by "sword swallowing") AandP.info/v0v

★ Hadji Ali (clip from a Laurel & Hardy movie showing famed spouter [regurgitation artist], an example of something Roy brings up in this segment) AandP.info/fsm

 

Muscle Stories: Learning Should Be Fun

14 minutes

Dr. Roy Meals and Kevin Patton discuss teaching strategies used in Dr. Meals' book on muscles, focusing on storytelling and making learning enjoyable. They emphasize the importance of clear and engaging communication in teaching complex concepts. Dr. Meals shares how teaching helps him clarify his own understanding, and Patton expresses gratitude for the practical teaching resources provided in Roy's muscle book.

★ Link to Roy's blog, Muscle and Bone aboutbone.com/ or muscleandbone.info

 

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Study Courses Supercharge Anatomy & Physiology Success | TAPP 141


Get ready for a mind-bending ๐Ÿ˜ฒ rendezvous with Kevin Patton in Episode 141, where he continues to spill the beans on his top-secret recipe for student triumph. ๐Ÿ† Brace yourself for this next adventure on his whirlwind tour of revolutionizing A&P 1 education, as we dissect the art of identifying student pain points, personalizing preparation, and serving up the kind of mentorship they've been yearning for!

0:00:00 | Introduction

0:00:45 | One of Two Success Courses

0:09:48 | Setting Up the Supplement Course

0:18:44 | Structure of Class Sessions

0:40:17 | Grading

0:42:45 | Does an A&P Supplement Work?

0:54:21 | Parting Wisdom

1:14:46 | Staying Connected

 


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Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. (Les Brown)

 

One of Two Success Courses

9 minutes

As we begin to unlock student success strategies with Kevin Patton in episode 141, he unveils his A&P One Supplement course, dedicated to honing essential learning skills. Delve into his reasoning behind offering a separate course, distinct from the Pre-A&P course discussed in episode 140, and distinct from the popular Supplemental Instruction (SI) , model, and gain insights into his innovative approach to enhancing A&P student performance.

★  A Pre-A&P Course Improves Student Success in Anatomy & Physiology | TAPP 140 (part one of this two-part series, explains the purpose of the two courses and give details about Pre-A&P)

★ Success Supplements (an on-demand seminar summarizing these two courses)

★ BIO 242 Anatomy and Physiology Supplement (college catalog description of course; scroll down to BIO 242) AandP.info/puj

★ Anatomy and Physiology 1 Supplement (an archived version of the syllabus used in 2012, the last time I taught the course) AandP.info/22z

★ Supplemental Instruction (Wikipedia's description of SI, a peer learning model that is NOT the same as the course described in this episode) AandP.info/oim

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Study Courses Supercharge Anatomy & Physiology Success | TAPP 141 

Setting Up the Supplement Course

9 minutes

In this segment, we uncover the logistical puzzle of A&P supplement courses. Dive into the tug-of-war between limited lab availability and the need for hands-on learning—and explore creative solutions for fostering student engagement.

★ Anatomy and Physiology 1 Supplement (an archived version of the syllabus used in 2012, the last time I taught the course) AandP.info/22z

★ Course Materials for AP 1 Supplement (I didn't have time to list the materials we used in this episode; this is that section from the archived syllabus) https://my-ap.us/AP1suppCourseMaterial

End-of-Term Reviews Help Keep Your Course on Track | Episode 17 (introduces the idea of debriefing at the end of the semester)

 

Structure of Class Sessions

21.5 minutes

In this segment, Kevin Patton details his A&P Supplement course structure. The class employs active learning, beginning with addressing students' trouble spots through discussion and question cards. Various study techniques like flashcards and concept mapping are explored. The need-for-speed game enhances tissue and specimen identification skills, while clickers facilitate group learning. Weekly check-ins ensure consistent study habits and enhance understanding.

★ HIghlighting doesn't work—here's what does (an article from The University of Manchester Student News; highlighting is briefly discussed in this segment) AandP.info/ceu

★ Noisy A&P Classrooms and Labs (story about my Dean's visit to our A&P 1 Supplement course from The A&P Professor blog) theAPprofessor.blogspot.com/2015/09/noisy-classrooms-and-labs.html

★ Power Tips for Dissection Activities | Episode 34 (includes explanation for paper "virtual dissections" to prep students for a better in-person dissection experience)

Why Do A&P Students Hate Histology? And How Do We Fix That? | TAPP 113

Nine Super Strategies for Teaching the Skeleton | Episode 10 (gives examples of paper dissections and need for speed game)

Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests | TAPP 87

★ Kevin's study tip list lionden.com/tip-list.htm

★ Kevin's reading strategies (using the A&P textbook) lionden.com/reading.htm

★ Learning new terms (Kevin's advice for quickly getting up to speed with A&P vocabulary, including advanced flash card techniques) lionden.com/new_terms.htm

★ Concept maps (Kevin's brief intro) lionden.com/concept_maps.htm

★ Running concept lists (Kevin's quick outline of this powerful "core concepts" technique) lionden.com/concept_lists.htm

★ Taking tests (some quick tips on preparing for and taking tests) lionden.com/concept_lists.htm

 

Grading

2.5 minutes

In this segment, discover Kevin Patton's unique grading approach in A&P One Supplement class: Points for check-ins, assignments, active learning, clicker games, and portfolio exchange. Informal mentorship and collaborative sharing enrich the learning journey.

★ Using ePortfolios in Anatomy and Physiology (I used paper portfolios, but I love this idea of a digital portfolio; from HAPS Educator) AandP.info/ki4

 

Does an A&P Supplement Work?

11.5 minutes

Discover the value of A&P One supplement classes with Kevin Patton. Unlock networking, more interaction with faculty, effective study techniques, enriched inclusion and diversity benefits, problem prevention, and proven GPA enhancements. And students love it!

 

Parting Wisdom

20.5 minutes

Enhancing A&P success! In this segment, discover the value of A&P One supplement and pre-A&P courses for student success. From targeted review to study skill guidance, these personalized approaches foster confidence and proficiency.

★ Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates | TAPP 90

★ Harvard's Program on Negotiation (the Harvard Negotiation Project is referenced in this segment) AandP.info/lom

 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Pre-A&P: A Refresher for Student Success in Anatomy & Physiology | TAPP 140


In episode 140, we introduce the development of the pre-A&P course and the A&P1 Supplement course. These courses address the challenges faced by A&P students and improve their readiness and comprehension.  In this first of two episodes, we focus on the pre-A&P course. It focuses on filling subject knowledge gaps with 10 modules and cumulative tests. Student surveys and studies show its effectiveness in achieving higher grades in the A&P 1 course. Implementing these nontraditional courses requires collaboration and support from advisors and faculty members. Together, we aim to bridge the gap in subject preparation and learning skills for student success.

  • 0:00:00 | Introduction
  • 0:00:49 | Pre-A&P
  • 0:22:37 | Course Design
  • 0:39:51 | More About Module Tests
  • 0:52:38 | Other Course Features
  • 1:09:51 | Wrapping Up
  • 1:21:10 | Staying Connected

 


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One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. (Arthur Ashe)

 

Pre-A&P

21.5 minutes

We delve into the reasons behind developing the Pre-A&P and A&P 1 Supplement courses. We identify two major challenges faced by incoming A&P students: lack of subject preparation and insufficient learning skills. To combat these obstacles, the Pre-A&P course was created as a self-paced online refresher. It covers fundamental science topics like cell biology, metabolism, genetics, and body organization—thus helping students fill knowledge gaps. The A&P1 Supplement course, focused on developing more effective learning skills, will be the subject of the next episode.

★ Pre-A&P: Foundations in Science (online course syllabus for Kevin's BIO 095 course) lionden.com/fis.htm

★ Pre-A&P course description (from the college website) AandP.info/puj

The Prerequisite Problem | Wi-Fi Effects | Transplant Genomes | Episode 61

★ Success Supplements (an on-demand seminar summarizing these two courses)

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Pre-A&P: A Refresher for Student Success in Anatomy & Physiology | TAPP 140 

Course Design

17 minutes

In this segment, Kevin discusses the 10 modules of his Pre-A&P course, which cover essential concepts for success in anatomy and physiology. The modules include foundational topics such as science basics, introductory and biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cell transport, metabolism, protein synthesis, genetics, tissues, and the human body. Students take cumulative tests for each module and must score 85% or higher to unlock the next module. Kevin emphasizes the importance of reviewing and retesting to reinforce learning and overcome challenges.

★ Pre-A&P Modules (Kevin's course module list) lionden.com/fis.htm#worksoverview

Cumulative Testing Makes Learning Last | Episode 4

Pre-Testing for a Powerful Learning Boost | Episode 3

★ Pre-A&P Course Materials (Kevin's list of suggested textbooks & videos for students) lionden.com/fis.htm#course-materials

★ Test Item Analysis (a strategy and a tool to help students analyze their tests to find out exactly what went wrong) lionden.com/testreview.htm

★ Pre-A&P Success Pathway (an outline of the process from the BIO 095 syllabus) lionden.com/fis.htm#worksmastery

 

More About Module Tests

12.5 minutes

This segment discusses the nature of module tests in the Pre-A&P course, explaining that they can be both formative and summative depending on students' progress. Kevin emphasizes that the tests serve as retrieval practice, despite some controversy around the term. The tests are highly randomized to prevent cheating, and immediate feedback is provided through automatic scoring. The tests are untimed, promoting equity and accommodating students with various needs and circumstances.

★ Spaced Retrieval Practice | Episode 1

★ Revisiting Retrieval Practice | Episode 68

★ Quizzed About Tests | FAQs About Patton Test Strategies | TAPP 99

★ More Quizzing About Kevin’s Wacky Testing Scheme | Book Club | TAPP 100

★ Testing As a Teaching Strategy | Episode 2

★ Testing as Teaching (on-demand seminar)

★ Dancing Organelles, AI Resources, Distracting Animations, Timed Tests & Micro-credentials | TAPP 138

★ Retrieval practice is not a test (so stop calling it that) (um, okay, whatever) AandP.info/8x3

 

Other Course Features

17 minutes

This segment summarizes other course features, which include student understanding quizzes to ensure comprehension of key course aspects, badges as motivators and credentials, and supportive announcements to remind and guide students throughout the self-paced course.

★ Our Teaching Persona in Anatomy & Physiology Class | TAPP 137

★ About Universal Design for Learning (UDL is mentioned in this segment) AandP.info/3fd

★ Quality Matters (QM is mentioned in this segment) AandP.info/tq2

★ BIO 095 Student Understanding (the 9 items that students must verify that they understand) lionden.com/fis-understanding.htm

★ Promoting Academic Integrity in Our Course | Episode 25

★ Modeling Professional Integrity | Episode 26

★ The Cheater! Academic Integrity in Remote Learning | TAPP 81

★ Academic Integrity (Kevin's advice and tips)

★ BIO 095 (Kevin's video orientation for Pre-A&P) lionden.com/fis-orientation.htm

★ Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests | TAPP 87

★  Earning Badges in BIO 095 (from Kevin's syllabus) lionden.com/fis.htm#badges

★   Pre-A&P Badges (page outline how badges work and listing details of each badge) lionden.com/fis-badges.htm

★ Mid-Semester Check-Ins Keep Your A&P Course on Track | Episode 38

★ Connecting in The Distance Course Special | Episode 50 (the value of scheduled, supportive announcements is discussed)

 

Wrapping Up

11.5 minutes

This segment discusses the effectiveness of the Pre-A&P course in filling in the gaps and providing students with the confidence they need for success in A&P. Student surveys indicate high satisfaction and recommendation rates. A study showed that students who took the Pre-A&P course performed better in their A&P course. While there are challenges and hurdles to overcome in implementing such a course, it serves as a valuable bridge between prerequisites and rigorous college courses.

⚠ CORRECTION: It’s actually a .75 (or 3/4 of a letter grade) bump for A&P 1 students who took the pre-A&P course—not half a letter grade as stated in the audio.

★ Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates | TAPP 90

★ Too Many Students Placed in Remedial Courses? Studies Say Yes (one of many opinions against noncredit developmental courses) AandP.info/xck

★Students: Just Say No to Remedial Classes (oy; another one) AandP.info/fxp

 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Thinking New Thoughts about the Human Brain | TAPP 139


In Episode 139, we explore a new discovery in nerve signaling in the brain called a dendritic action potential (dCaAP), we look at a whacky proposed model of brain function, and we share some ideas about how we can help our students understand the core concepts of chemical signaling and signal transduction in different contexts. Put on your thinking caps and jump into this fresh episode now.

00:00 | Introduction

00:50 | Dendritic Action Potentials

12:16 | Transducer Model of the Brain

21:43 | Chemical Signals & Signal Transduction

35:09 | Staying Connected

 


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The adage that fact is stranger than fiction seems to be especially true for the workings of the brain. (V.S. Ramachandran)

 

Dendritic Action Potentials

11.5 minutes

In this segment, the focus is on a fascinating discovery about nerve signaling related to dendritic action potentials (dCaAPs). These unique potentials occur in layers two and three of the human cerebral cortex and play a role in complex brain functions. Unlike typical action potentials, dendritic action potentials are graded and produced by the influx of calcium ions. They enable processing and decision-making at a more complex level, expanding our understanding of the human brain's uniqueness.

★ Scientists Uncover a Never-Before-Seen Type of Signal Occurring in The Human Brain (plain English summary of the new discovery from Science Alert) AandP.info/p08

★ Dendritic action potentials and computation in human layer 2/3 cortical neurons (report in Science) AandP.info/g48

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Thinking New Thoughts about the Human Brain | TAPP 139 

Transducer Model of the Brain

9.5 minutes

Join us in this segment as we challenge conventional models of the brain and introduce the transducer model. Inspired by psychologist Robert Epstein, this thought-provoking model likens the brain to a two-way transducer, sending and retrieving information like a mobile phone accessing external servers. While it may sound far-fetched—even quite wacky—the transducer model encourages us to explore alternative perspectives and consider the possibility of information exchange beyond the confines of the brain.

★ Your Brain Is Not a Computer. It Is a Transducer. (essay by Robert Epstein about neural transduction theory in Discover Magazine) AandP.info/wa9

★ Brain as Transducer: What if the brain is not a self-contained information processor? What if it is simply a transducer? (another essay by Robert Epstein in the transducer model) AandP.info/cp6

★ Brain Waves Synchronize when People Interact (article from Scientific American) AandP.info/ask

★ Should We Extend Deadlines? | Models & Color Codes | TAPP 112

 

Chemical Signals & Signal Transduction

13.5 minutes

Chemical signaling and signal transduction play a crucial role in various systems of the human body. Understanding the connections and similarities between nervous and endocrine signaling helps students grasp these core concepts more deeply. By highlighting structures, functional aspects, and regulatory effects, instructors can foster a comprehensive understanding of chemical signals and the transduction of those signals. Exploring these core concepts within a broader context enhances students' ability to connect and apply their knowledge across different topics. Kevin gives examples of how he approaches this in his courses.

★ Big Ideas: The Essential Concepts of A&P | Episode 35

★ Deep Elaboration & Other Stories of Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | TAPP 136

★ Concept Lists Help Students Build Conceptual Frameworks

★ Star Power Helps Students Identify Learning Goals | TAPP 98

★ Concept Maps Help Students Find Their Way | Episode 5

 

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Dancing Organelles, AI Resources, Distracting Animations, Timed Tests & Micro-credentials | TAPP 138


In Episode 138 of The A&P Professor podcast for anatomy & physiology faculty, host Kevin Patton discusses some new thinking about organelle function, why decorative animations are not a good idea in our teaching slides, news about Wendy Riggs and the 2023 HAPS President's Medal, why I don't like timed tests, resources for AI in the curriculum, and why micro-credentials are our friends. With all that, how is that we left out any mention of carbaminohemoglobin?

00:00 | Introduction

00:50 | Wendy Riggs Wins Big

04:173 | Curricular Resources for AI

08:55 | Timed Online Tests

24:12 | Micro-credentials for Professional Development

31:53 | Dancing Organelles

40:13 | Distracting Animations

43:44 | Staying Connected

 


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Research is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought. (Albert Szent-Gyรถrgyi)

 

Wendy Riggs Wins Big

3.5 minutes

At the 2023 HAPS Conference, Wendy Riggs, a College of the Redwoods educator, presented a workshop on alternative grading (mentioning 106 on ungrading ๐Ÿ˜Š). Wendy was awarded the prestigious HAPS President's Medal for her contributions to anatomy and physiology education. Check out her YouTube videos for A&P and biology topics.

★ Ungrading With Standards-Based Grading | A Chat With Staci Johnson | TAPP 106

★ Alternative Grading (a Slack group that discusses alternative grading) alternativegrading.slack.com

★ Wendy Riggs YouTube channel youtube.com/@wendy-riggs

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Dancing Organelles, AI Resources, Distracting Animations, Timed Tests & Micro-credentials | TAPP 138 

Curricular Resources about AI for Teaching

4.5 minutes

CRAFT (Curricular Resources about AI for Teaching) offers resources from Stanford University to enhance understanding and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in education. They emphasize that knowledge of AI goes beyond coding and math, highlighting its influence on modern life. AI's reliance on human-generated data and the need for responsible design are explored. College faculty can subtly incorporate AI topics into their courses to prepare students for its real-world impact.

★ Curricular Resources about AI for Teaching (CRAFT) (A project from the Stanford Graduate School of Education) AandP.info/l8u

★ Is AI the Beginning or End of Learning? | TAPP 131

 

Timed Online Tests

15 minutes

The discussion revolves around timed online tests and their impact on student learning. While timed tests aim to prevent cheating, they may inadvertently disadvantage students with certain challenges or learning disabilities. Kevin Patton suggests considering untimed tests, promoting inclusivity and accommodating students who may need extra time. He shares experiences and strategies that have worked for his students.

★ Four Empirically Based Reasons Not to Administer Time-Limited Tests (article from Translational Issues in Psychological Science) AandP.info/ea5 

The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 1 | TAPP 108

 

Micro-credentials for Professional Development

7.5 minutes

Discover the world of micro-credentials at The A&P Professor. Claim your digital badges and certificates by listening to podcast episodes and exploring online seminars. Showcase your dedication to continuing education and professional development. Your expertise deserves recognition!

★ The A&P Professor Education (badges/certificates) theAPprofessor.org/education

Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests | TAPP 87

★ The A&P Professor Book Club (earn badges/certificates for reading) theAPprofessor.org/bookclub

★ The A&P Professor seminars (earn badges/certificates for watching) theAPprofessor.org/seminars

★ Pre-A&P Badges (info page for Kevin's Pre-A&P students, outlining the purpose of badges and listing each badge) LionDen.com/fis-badges.htm

 

Dancing Organelles

8 minutes

In human science, we are always learning something new—often replacing earlier ideas and descriptions. Nowhere is this as evident than in cell biology. This segment highlights some new thinking about organelles and their previously overlooked interactions. An example is the "dance" between mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER).

★  Ten Things We Forget to Tell Students About Cells | A Forest in My Office | TAPP 126

★  Organelle Communication: Joined in Sickness and in Health (article from Physiology) AandP.info/nl7

★  How secret conversations inside cells are transforming biology (article from Nature) AandP.info/fjp

★  Is Anatomy Finished? | A Review of New Discoveries | TAPP 105

 

Distracting Animations

3.5 minutes

Are your teaching animations more distracting than helpful? Discover the impact of decorative animations on student recall and cognitive load. Optimize your teaching materials for better learning outcomes by minimizing distractions and prioritizing clarity.

★ Decorative animations impair recall and are a source of extraneous cognitive load (article from Advances in Physiological Education) AandP.info/911

Teaching Slides: Smooth and Simple Animations Dramatize the Story of A&P | TAPP 89

Teaching With Slides

Slides Serve the Story of Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 66

 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Our Teaching Persona in Anatomy & Physiology Class | TAPP 137


In Episode 137, host Kevin Patton explores the significance of playfulness, transparency, and authenticity in the teaching persona. Drawing from personal experiences training animals, Kevin explains how play is integral to learning, highlighting the importance of incorporating a sense of fun and embracing failures in the classroom. He also emphasizes the value of transparency by sharing our own mistakes and weaknesses, asserting that being open about flaws fosters authenticity and builds trust with students. By acknowledging vulnerabilities and demonstrating a genuine willingness to learn, educators can create a supportive and engaging learning environment. This thought-provoking discussion reminds us of the power of play and authenticity in effective teaching.

  • 00:00 | Introduction
  • 00:47 | Our Teaching Persona
  • 14:23 | Taking Responsibility
  • 22:03 | Gestures Impart Meaning
  • 32:34 | Playing Around
  • 42:54 | Authenticity
  • 47:46 | Staying Connected

 


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To be playful and serious at the same time is possible, and it defines the ideal mental condition. (John Dewey)

 

Our Teaching Persona

13.5 minutes

Kevin Patton discusses the concept of the teaching persona, emphasizing the importance of authenticity and genuine connection with students. He highlights the significance of being true to oneself while adapting and enhancing certain aspects of personality to create an engaging and effective teaching persona.

★ Storytelling is the Heart of Teaching A&P | TAPP 12 (where Kevin talks about the "storytelling persona") theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-12.html

★ Playful & Serious Is the Perfect Combo for A&P | TAPP 13(where Kevin talks about benefits of having a playful persona when teaching) theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-13.html

★ End-of-Term Reviews Help Keep Your Course on Track | TAPP 17 (the first introduction of course debriefing in this podcast) theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-13.html

★ The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 2 | TAPP 109 (has a segment on an inclusive classroom demeanor) theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-109.html

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Our Teaching Persona in Anatomy & Physiology Class | TAPP 137 

Taking Responsibility

7.5 minutes

Kevin explores the idea of the teaching persona further, emphasizing the need for flexibility and adaptability, while challenging how rigorously we should expect students to be as responsible as we imagine they should be. He discusses the importance of being responsive to students' needs and finding a balance between personal authenticity and professional expectations.

★ Should We Extend Deadlines? | Models & Color Codes | TAPP 112 (addresses some aspects of student responsibility) theapprofessor.org/podcast-episode-112.html

★ The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 1 | TAPP 108 theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-108.html

 

Gestures Impart Meaning

10.5 minutes

Explore the captivating world of playfulness and the power of gestures in education with Kevin Patton. Discover how incorporating playful elements and purposeful gestures can ignite student engagement, facilitate comprehension, and foster a vibrant learning environment that encourages active participation and enhances communication between teachers and students. Unleash the transformative potential of play and gestures in your teaching practice.

★ 1 Change to How You Speak Makes What You Say 20 Percent More Memorable, Research Shows (Experiments prove that we 'listen' with our eyes as well as our ears, according to this article from Inc.) AandP.info/n7v

★ How hand gestures alter the perception of your speech (Research has found that words are more accurately heard when accompanied by hand gestures, according to this article from Big Think) AandP.info/nmn

★ Gesture (more than you care to know, probably, from the Glossary of Multimodal Terms) AandP.info/5zn

★ TED Talks (look for gestures among the most popular TED Talks on YouTube) youtu.be/iG9CE55wbtY

 

Playing Around

10.5 minutes

Kevin reflects on an article about the value of play in university learning and draws connections to animal training techniques. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing the challenging aspects of learning and the need for a playful and supportive atmosphere. Additionally, they discuss the significance of trust in the teacher-student relationship and the detrimental effects of a demanding and non-playful demeanor.

★ Reimagining university learning with play: restoring trust in university learning is child’s play (A utilitarian approach to undergraduate education is leading to disenchantment among students and society. It is time to put ‘play’ at the heart of learning, says Colm O’Shea in this essay) AandP.info/7bd

★ Playful & Serious Is the Perfect Combo for A&P (where Kevin talks about benefits of having a playful persona when teaching) theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-13.html

★ Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests | TAPP 87 theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-87.html

★ The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 2 | TAPP 109 (The seg ment Inclusive Classroom Demeanor suggests that "A playful class atmosphere is—by its very nature —an inclusive classroom atmosphere. The more flexible and playful our course is, the more inclusive it can become.") theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-109.html

★ Are You a Warm Demander? | TAPP 115 (episode contrasting "Warm Demander" and "Toxic Rigor") theAPprofessor.org/podcast-espisode-115.html

 

Authenticity

5 minutes

Join Kevin Patton as he discusses the importance of acknowledging and embracing our mistakes as educators. Learn how transparency and sharing personal weaknesses can enhance authenticity, build trust, and promote a supportive learning environment where students feel comfortable making their own mistakes and growing from them.

★ Research: Why Leaders Should Be Open About Their Flaws (An article from the Harvard Business Review in which researchers asked leaders in various organizations to tell how they would introduce themselves to prospective workers. Most leaders only revealed their strengths. This is a mistake. Revealing personal foibles — as long as they are not serious personal shortcomings — makes leaders come across as authentic and generates good will and trust.) AandP.info/mt7

★ Making Mistakes Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 63 theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-63.html

★ The Case for Transparency | Episode 51 theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-51.html

 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Deep Elaboration & Other Stories of Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | TAPP 136


In Episode 136, host Kevin Patton looks at the effects of tattoos on sweat glands, we discuss aural diversity and how we can accommodate it, and we explore how to use the process of deep elaboration in our course to help challenged learners develop stronger and more useful memories.

00:00 | Introduction

00:47 | Tattoos May Impair Sweating

05:37 | Sponsored by AAA

06:41 | Aural Diversity. It's a Thing.

22:36 | Sponsored by HAPI

24:03 | Deep Elaboration

34:22 | Sponsored by HAPS

35:29 | Deeper Elaboration

47:53 | Staying Connected

 


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Author and lecturer Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, once stated, "Blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people. (Helen Keller)

 

Tattoos May Impair Sweating

5 minutes

It's interesting to see how tattoos can have an impact on our skin and sweat glands. Tattoos involve mechanical stress and potential damage to the skin, and new research suggests that they may negatively affect the sweat glands, impairing sweating in the area of the tattoo. This reduction in sweating is called anhidrosis, which can impact our ability to maintain body temperature and potentially lead to severe conditions such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. While this is still a preliminary study and more research needs to be done, it's a great example of how discussing real-life applications of anatomy and physiology concepts, such as tattoos, can engage students and make the information more relatable and interesting.

★ Tattooed Skin Negatively Impacts Sweat Gland Function  (summary article from Science Times) https://aandp.info/j0g

★ Skin tattooing impairs sweating during passive whole body heating (research article from Journal of Applied Physiology) https://aandp.info/tvt

★ Sweating and body odor (article from Mayo Clinic) https://aandp.info/9cg

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