Chris Baker is a teacher at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Chris primarily teaches Anatomy and Physiology focusing on the medical aspects of human anatomy and physiology by preparing students to apply their skills to patient assessment and treatment. His approach is to giving students a taste of what is to come in nursing & medical school through lectures, dissections and cases study. Additionally, Chris works part-time as a paramedic applying his knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the field. Chris can be found actively engaged on twitter in many chats including the #slowAandPchat which he founded. You can follow his activity on twitter @bakerhhhs
- Chris’s path into the classroom through his work as an EMT
- Kids need to know that plans change, uncertainty is OK
- Chris’s thoughts on using smartphones in the classroom are highlighted in this article from a Philadelphia news station.
- Technology is not always engaging so don’t use technology just for technology’s sake
- We discuss how some teachers use shoe pockets for cell phones, but shouldn’t we help teens learn appropriate phone etiquette
- Chris has been an attendee at EdCampPhilly and highly recommends EdCamps.
- What is an unconference?
- We discussed the Hack Learning Series, including the books Hacking Assessment and Hacking Homework
- We question the point of homework. We agreed that Low Quality, High Volume Homework is an issue.
- We discussed the balancing the thoughts of Alice Keeler No Homework philosophy and preparing students for college. In the end we ask: How do we structure Homework to make it engaging?
- Aaron would like to make a Menu of Homework, but hasn’t seen a model that matches the needs of his highsch school students.
- Chris gives his students practical exams where a student plays the patient and others need to complete a Differential Diagnosis. This reminded Aaron of the cases present on This Week in Parasitism
- Chris has experimented with 20% Time/Genius Hour in his class, but needs to refine it to make is more practical.
- Chris also recommends the book Teach Like a Pirate
Pick of the Week:
Chris – Concern about Science Denialism & proposed NIH Funding Cuts. https://www.marchforscience.com/ April 22
Aaron – City Nature Challenge 2017 (April 14-18)