MCA Human Anatomy Update

Dr. Peterson

Dear Parents:

The end of the term is rapidly approaching! We have finished the respiratory system and now are in the midst of learning about the digestive system. As part of the introduction, we reviewed their current knowledge of the digestive system by having them participate in digital class polling and by drawing the digestive system (mouth to rectum) from memory. I have chosen to highlight 3 students' works: Alainna's (below, left) and Brittany's (below, center) were chosen for their accuracy and Tucker's (below, right), in addition to demonstrating some of the digestive organs, also deserves a creative mention for his "snowman who is eating his nose" addition. Afterwards, I narrated the anatomy of "inside" the digestive system with a 3D animation.

Research regarding drawing and learning

According to a 2011 study, students should be encouraged to use freehand drawings in science class to improve the efficiency and authenticity of learning. "The researchers report that freehand drawing can inspire students to learn and retain information, and can help them engage with the educational materials, when they might not pay attention otherwise. Drawing may be particularly useful for science students, since science often uses visual aids such as graphs, drawings, videos and still images to explain hypotheses, theories, and findings. The amount of enjoyment they derived from the activity was "striking," when compared to just reading or from reading and then writing summaries. The researchers said that, in their experience, it was both more effective and enjoyable to learn through drawing." (http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-08-doodling-science.html)

Computer-generated 3D animation and Storybird class activity

Human GI Tract

Digital Storytelling Final Project

When you have a moment, check in with your young adult regarding their progress on their Final Project. Based on what I've seen from the students to-date, I can't wait to see their creations!

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