Student-Centered, Student-Driven Instruction

23 Apr

As our year is winding down, we are finally coming to the end of our curriculum, and the students are noticing how little there is left on our calendar! I’m trying to get my students involved in lots of activities to keep their energy and motivation up through the end of the year. Each student will be working on an activity/poster/project that they will share with the class to showcase all they have learned this year.

One of the students in my Anatomy and Physiology class has expressed a passion for going to medical school and becoming an Endocrinologist. While we have covered the Endocrine system throughout the year in our discussion of other systems, I was not planning to do an entire endocrine unit. This shining student, however, has volunteered to teach the class about the endocrine system and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s so refreshing to have students who are motivated, interested, and willing to go above and beyond!

What great student-led discussions or activities have you had in your classrooms? What direction should I guide her in with her approach to the endocrine system? As this is not something I originally planned, I have very few lessons or resources to provide her with, but I know she will do a great job researching and learning all that she can. If you have any suggestions about main ideas, interesting facts, or cool resources for the endocrine system, she and I would love to know about them!

Also, as it turns out, the reason she has such a strong desire to become an Endocrinologist is because she, herself, was recently diagnosed with Turner’s Syndrome and has come to greatly admire the doctors who have helped her and ignited her passion for science and medicine. So, on that note, thank you to all you wonderful doctors who inspire our kids and students and encourage them to take an interest in science and their health!

One Response to “Student-Centered, Student-Driven Instruction”

  1. klrompolski April 26, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    the endocrine system is FASCINATING. If I have a specialty, that would be it. I think we understand it SO poorly!

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