Eighth grade students received a taste of what it would be like to be a medical student this week in Health class. Using a lesson designed by the educators at the National Institutes of Health and Chromebooks, students viewed animations that presented realistic medical cases. Students analyzed the patient’s symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis, with the help of reference materials provided by NIH.
One goal of this lesson is to “introduce students to the key concept that mental illnesses have a biological basis and are therefore not that different from other illnesses or diseases. Through inquiry-based activities, students gain a better understanding of what mental illnesses are—and what they are not.” ( NIH website)