My Stroke of Insight

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Introduction: Brain is an organ with more than 85 billion neurons and 10-50 trillion neuroglial cells to support these neurons. This organ with numerous numbers of cells only weights about 3 lb in adults. Each one of its neurons forms approximately 1000 synapses with other neurons. Brain is such a complicated, organized, amazing organ that still in the world of technology no one has built something so powerful and complicated as even one of its cells.

Giving students the opportunity to watch this video and to listen to a neuroanatomist who uses her own real life scenario, her stroke, to explain the steps she took to recover would be helpful in several aspects. This is a good start to give a real perspective about stroke and the consequences of disruption in the physiology of “the master of human mind”. It’s encouraging and inspiring to listen to someone so interested and passionate about one of the branches of medical field. Through her speech several questions rush to our minds about how this complicated organ works, how interconnected are its different parts, and at the end we come across a very important question. Also, these types of videos broaden student perspectives on a variety of choices they have in health field, and help them realize that still there are lots of unanswered questions which need further research and interested researchers. Hope some students continue their journey of learning beyond  what they originally planned.

Class:In courses such as Anatomy & Physiology and Pathology, before we start covering the topic about stroke, I will assign students to watch this video. Reminder:
1. I will make an announcement in Blackboard about the availability of the follwoing TED Talk video
2. I will assign students to list their findings about stroke after watching the video
3. I will assign students to describe how much they know about stroke, its causes, and possible methods before studying this topic in the textbook
Video:A Must Watch TED Talk Video

Report In:
1. At the beginning of class, students are expected to turn in their lists
2. Randomly, I call some students to report their findings/thoughts about the stroke and the video

Interactive Engagement Strategies:
1. Students in groups of three take the following roles:

  • Artist
  • Analyst
  • Reporter

2. Each group will receive one of the following infographics as learning tools to have an overall idea and general perspective about stroke, its relevancy to the cardiovascular system, causes and prevention of stroke, the risk and population at risk in the U.S. and worldwide
3. Students in each group  combine their findings of the watched video with the data/information presented in the assigned infographic and provided information in their current textbook and newly done researches and articles they find online
4. The analyst make the analysis of the result (the artist and the reporter will also participate in analysis)
5. The artist create an eye catching infographic/poster/picture/chart/graph… based on the group’s findings
6. The reporter will report the result in the next class session

After presentation of each group, other students evaluate/rate their classmates’ presentations based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy
  • Creativity
  • Speech/presentation



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