How I Use It
I use this to reinforce the difference between qualitative and quantitative data, after our study of body systems. With a large class, students work in partners so they can share ideas and discuss what to do at each step. Although the scenario might be appropriate for middle school students, the vocabulary is at the high school level. Even with high school students, a preview of the terms students will be using and a discussion/clarification of the Glascow Coma Scale is a good idea. If the vocabulary is not previewed, it should be discussed during the simulation in order for students to figure out what is going on.
Students love it! The simulation gives them the opportunity to see what medical personnel do. The scenario is based on teenagers who have abused prescription drugs - something students can relate to - although the students end up in the emergency room. The teacher support materials, while not intensive, are quite helpful, with a lesson plan and glossary. While the characters talk, there is also text that students can follow along with, which is helpful for poor readers or second language learners. I would like to see more interactivity and less text/talking during the simulation. Students use observation and reasoning skills as they work through the simulation. The ensuing class discussion is the most valuable part of this activity. There is an "Interesting People" link at the end that takes students to a person who is working in a related field, what they do and the education they have. This can be useful for career education integration.