Human Body Systems
As you may have heard, we are going to use one of the highest impact educational strategies currently in practice called Gamification. You should watch the video below to get a brief overview of some of the thought behind using game design in education.
You can visit our class’s game at hbs.bahsbiomed.com to learn more about gamification and even take part in the HBS Tutorial to experience the course yourself.
Essentially this means that your student will work through the entire PLTW HBS curriculum at their own pace and be forced to master each piece of content before moving on. This means that some students will be on the third activity while others are on the fifth and so on.
While the research behind this style of learning is strong and impressive, it is different from any type of classroom that students have experienced so far. As such there are some unique supports that will be provided to each student.
- Weekly Meetings
- Each student will meet with their teacher on the first day of class each week.
- During this meeting the student will account for their time last week and their plan for the coming week. Students will also briefly state content that they understand and content that they are struggling with.
- Weekly Time Management Checks
- Each student will be responsible for using and maintaining a digital personal calendar. They will show this updated calendar during the last class period of the week.
- In addition to the calendar students will receive instruction on how to create a personal task management system. This system will also be maintained and checked weekly.
- Group Forums
- We will use a technology called Slack to facilitate asynchronous group discussions. When students have questions or need help, they will be able to ask them anytime to the entire 10th grade of biomed and both HBS teachers. This searchable repository of questions, answers, and discussions will serve as a ever growing knowledge base for students.
There is a very large amount of content for students to learn this year. As such it is important to use our time effectively. In an effort to give each component of the curriculum its due diligence, students will be doing most of their preparation and research work at home before class. This work is crucial to our progress and is expected to be completed before class. This work will include taking notes from academic websites, listening to podcasts, watching lectures, and more. This will allow for us to do more hands on, and higher level activities in class. Quizzes and other graded checks for completion should be expected.
An example of flipped instruction can be found to the right.
The organization and administration of this class leans heavily on technology. That decision is an effort to improve the students’ comfort and ability in using technology professionally. In addition to these procedural skills, there will be a multitude of technological resources used in class geared toward the collection, analysis, and presentation of information. By being exposed to multiple technologies and services, students will gain an understanding of the logic and systems that underpin technology as a whole, and thus become technologically proficient.
One of the other “soft skills” that students will develop is the ability to effectively present information. To be a truly great presenter, students will develop oratory skills, quality slide design, and everything in between. This will likely require a paradigm shift from previous classes and experience, so an open mind is required. In an effort to develop this skill, students’ presentations will be recorded for their analysis. Written reflections on these videos will be required. Also, as the year progresses, presentation requirements will increase in difficulty and academic impact. This necessitates that students actively strive to adapt and improve their ability.
Sign the Syllabus
Click the icon below to be taken to a Google Form. Please complete the form, click submit, then print and sign the confirmation page. Your student will bring this page into class for credit.