Overview

Prior to the activity, students are assigned a reading to give them the needed knowledge for the activity. This reading is summarized by the instructor before the activity begins.

Individually, students formulate a physiological strength and a weakness on a piece of paper. The paper is then crumpled and thrown at the instructor (Snowballing). The instructor assigns groups of 4-6, distributing the "Snowballs" among the groups.

Working as groups, the students propose solutions to the weaknesses identified in the snowballs, then write the issues and their corresponding solutions on a whiteboard. They select one, and present their solution for overcoming ...

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Prior to the activity, students are assigned a reading to give them the needed knowledge for the activity. This reading is summarized by the instructor before the activity begins.

Individually, students formulate a physiological strength and a weakness on a piece of paper. The paper is then crumpled and thrown at the instructor (Snowballing). The instructor assigns groups of 4-6, distributing the "Snowballs" among the groups.

Working as groups, the students propose solutions to the weaknesses identified in the snowballs, then write the issues and their corresponding solutions on a whiteboard. They select one, and present their solution for overcoming it to the class.

This activity is followed by an interactive lecture in which students are required to answer questions, which can itself be followed either by an online interactive game or a peer-instruction activity employing Poll Everywhere.

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Objectives

Students learn to use precise terminology when discussing physiology and anatomy. Students learn to identify strengths and weaknesses, and work towards solutions to weaknesses.

Context and requirements

Level Grade 12-U0
Discipline Anatomy
Activity Content Muscles of the locomotion system, anatomical terminology for movement, muscles, bones and joints,
diagnosing and coming up with solutions to weaknesses
Technological Requirements Whiteboards or interactive whiteboards
Best Use Practice, Review

Author’s Notes

Benefits

Students are exposed to “publication” of their knowledge on the board and are given the opportunity to peer review another group’s work. Students must come to a consensus. Because each group presents their findings, students can be exposed to more examples in the time that it takes them to work through one.

Students become familiar with the roles of muscles, such as agonist, antagonist, synergist, and analyze the roles of these muscles in action.

Challenges

Different groups go at a different pace. This complicates orchestration. If one group is too far ahead, assistance can be provided to the teams that are lagging behind without hindering the group learning process. If one team is only slightly ahead, they can be provided with additional questions or asked to revisit what they have done.

Tips

Visit each group during this activity. Be sure to walk around and listen to the conversations going on. Keep taking note of what you overhear or conversations you have with students. These can be brought up in the consolidation or when you summarize information. The key is to be aware of the discussions. In some cases you may have to give an answer or guide someone a little more.

It can also be useful to have back up layers of tasks if ever students are widespread in where they are.

Instructors should have a visual of the queues/explanations of the tasks. This should be embedded into the material provided to students and pointed out. This way, if students are moving ahead they can refer to this and keep moving on, rather than having to interrupt the activity to say what the next step is.

An inventory of potential scaffolds and additional materials for students who move too far ahead can also be useful. Having tasks that add to what the students are doing helps ensure you maximize your time.

Activity Pedagogical Components

Snowballing

INDIVIDUALLY, students formulate a strength and a weakness on a piece of paper. The paper is then crumpled and thrown at the instructor. This task is completed IN CLASS.

Peer Review

In GROUPS, students propose solutions to the weaknesses on the snowballs distributed to them, writing them on a whiteboard. This task is completed IN CLASS.

Presenting

In GROUPS, students present their suggestions for overcoming one of the weaknesses identified. This task is completed IN CLASS.

Peer Instruction

Following an interactive lecture, students complete a peer instruction activity using Poll Everywhere. This task is completed in GROUPS, IN CLASS.

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