A couple of weeks ago I received an email from someone in the Educational Outreach Center at a local medical school. They have designed a unit on the cardiovascular system and cardiovascular health and hope to eventually take it public, free for everyone, on the web. Before they do that, they are trying to test the efficacy of their unit through a field test in over 60 classrooms throughout the Houston area. I applied to be a part of the field study, was accepted, and am beginning to implement my “assignments” in the classroom. I’m excited to see how it works out and to be a part of this!
After going to the orientation meeting for the field study, I was surprised that I didn’t know how many opportunities like this are available. If there’s anything you’re interested in, curious about, or would like to see how it would go over in a high school classroom, please let me know! I’m more than happy to adjust my schedule and test things out with my students. That’s what the first year of teaching is all about anyway, right? 🙂 I’m lucky that my Anatomy students are such a flexible group of kids who really take anything I throw at them in stride. I love being involved in something that really encourages me to think and work outside of the box, and the students think it’s awesome that they’re involved with a medical school and “cutting-edge” lessons. If there are any other similar programs or professional development opportunities available in the Houston area, I’d love to know about them!