Monday, March 19, 2018

Supporting Returning Learners | TAPP Radio 9

Peripersonal neurons monitor our environment.
Daily headlines for A&P teachers.
Supporting learners coming back to school.

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Life loves the liver of it (Maya Angelou)


(0:49) Several areas of the brain monitor your personal space—also called the peripersonal space (PPS). The peripersonal neurons each monitor one small "bubble" of our PPS.


(11:57) A simple analogy can help students remember a recurring principle about cell behavior involving important ions.


(13:07) Returning learners in anatomy and physiology courses often come to use with some anxiety. How can we support them?

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Margaret Reece said...

Kevin, I agree that returning students have and edge at organizing and learning A&P. Nice talk about peri-personal neurons. One place that an instructor can manipulate setting up mixed groups of student is in laboratory. First of all it is necessary to rule that everyone must work in a group. Second, find a way to mix up the majors and ages. The first lab I ever taught was as nightmare because I let them group up the way they wanted. The pre-nursing students would not work with the pre-medical doctor students and neither would work with the pre-veterinarians. This particular class was all traditional students, but the same principle applies when adding returning students to the mix. The next time I taught that lab I applied my ‘secret sauce’ and put them in groups of my own choosing. It worked so well that they pressed me right to the end about what was in my secret sauce. They refused to believe me at the end of term when I said I drew their names from a hat.

Kevin Patton said...

Great point about mixing them up!

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