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How do you tie science concepts together for your students? Share below:
This thread was posted on October 16, 2014 at 2:48 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
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Often times the best way to tie science concepts together is to give the students an example they would all be familiar with and then bring in the science concept again. Thermoregulation and homeostasis are classic examples. The common example of a thermostat is often used to demonstrate regulation of temperature in your house then bring it back to how the body regulates its temperature. In animal physiology you can expand and talk about conformers that do not regulate their body temperature.
In teaching human anatomy and physiology I attempt to help students build on what they have already learned by showing them how our body systems are interconnected. For example, we study the skeletal system before the nervous system, and I point out to them (again) the points of exit for nerves from the skull and vertebral column. With each body system I try to help students connect to other systems in order to view the body as a whole rather than just the individual parts or systems.
In upper level undergraduate classes in physiology, after I present and discuss the materIal in the physiology textbook, I give examples from dalily activities that involve the physiological systems. I ask if they know anybody with a problem or disease that involve this system. Then I ask the students to find out if there is current research going on in this area. Then we will discuss what the students think about these new trials!
You have a great idea to use known diseases whether it be their family members or friends that have it as a precursor of starting diseases.
Many different aspects of the current "Covid-19 Pandemic" can be discussed in classes. For example the effects of viral infection on the respiratory system, the immune resposes to the viral infection, the different diagnostic and testing methods, the epidemiology of the spread of infections. Students can also search research articles and current events and bring it to class for discussion. Wish everyone many healthy days!
I like to bring in images from the primary literature and ask students to tie the results in to the class content and share possible implications for their daily life. It forces students to go beyond what they may be trying to memorize for class and use their critical thinking skills. It also helps them to see that fundamental scientific research is important for their life. I think it helps to tie things together or perhaps starts to do that.