Reflection: Real World Applications Neurons are so Impulsive! (Day 1) - Section 4: Explain

 

              As educators, we sometimes stumble across an unexpected and unwelcomed adjustment to the school schedule that misaligns  consistent instructional practices across our schedules. As this occurred during the days aligned with this lesson, I used the extra day with my students to develop an informative bulletin board for the school. Specifically, my students were tasked with creatively utilizing random paper and foam scraps to develop a 3D representation of neurons generating action potentials and communicating in a healthy system or pathway versus one with Multiple Sclerosis. Students were given 90 minutes to develop roles, a vision and a task force to mount the board. This activity provided students with an experience that not only encouraged them to translate their classroom experiences to a learning resource for our school's general population, but it gave them a framework to develop organizational skills to complete a task with time and resource constraints.  

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Neurons are so Impulsive! (Day 1)

Unit 5: Neuron Structure and Function
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Students will develop and use a model to explain the role of Schwann cells and myelination in action potential activity.

Big Idea: Schwann cells and myelin sheaths on neurons possess insulative properties which enhance the neuron's capability to generate, sustain and propagate an electrical signal along the axon to communicate with neighboring cells.

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