1/25/18- Mystery Disease has begun! This is a problem-based learning unit. The students were introduced to a "Fuzzy Challenge" this week. A "Fuzzy Challenge" is like a real life problem but its open-ended. The students need to recognize "what they know" and determine "what they need to know" to come up with a solution to the problem. Here are students working hard to determine "what they know" and "what they need to know".
2/6/18- The students have begin the Mystery Disease unit. They were emergency room nurses for the first part of the unit. They needed to identify a tentative diagnosis of what was making the people sick in Barrow County. They are now taking on the role of County Health Inspectors. Now they are reviewing reports to identify how the people of Barrow County have gotten E. Coli.
2/15/18- The students have been researching E.coli and how it spreads. As a county health inspector, they need to be "experts" in the disease and determine the source of contamination. They continue to get health reports on the citizens of Barrow County. As they read and reread the reports they are looking for possible causes of the E. Coli outbreak. I have been impressed with the students perseverance as they sort through all the reports.
3/9/18-The students are continuing to search for an answer to the E.coli outbreak. Unfortunately, a citizen of Barrow County died because of complications with E. Coli. The County Health Inspectors (students) are working hard to make sure no one else is in danger. They are also writing articles to the newspaper to ease the fears of the community.
4/5/18- The students have received all the information from the Health Department. They are know using what they know about E.coli to determine what happened in Barrow County. They will create a PowerPoint that defines E. Coli and how it was spread in Barrow County. They will be presenting their PowerPoints to a class in May.
This is a chart one group created as they try to determine the cause of the outbreak.
4/19/18-The PowerPoints are almost finished! All groups were able to identify a source of contamination and explain how the sickness spread in Barrow County. They will be working on finishing the presentations next week so they can present them in May.