This week, I’ve got another awesome activity for you! How many of you love teaching anatomy and physiology? I know there are a few of you, but the majority of us really struggle with how to bring this lesson, filled nothing but technical words and definitions, to life. Well, Cassi Dietel and Jodi Gates at Professional Hair Design Academy in Eau Claire, Wisconsin came up with a great idea and put it to the test in the classroom.
Rather than just simply lecturing on the systems of the body, they broke out the paints, glue, glitter and makeup and let the students have some fun. The pictures speak for themselves. Take a look!
There are a number of benefits to this activity.
Allows the students to work with each other and discuss what they are learning
Engages the student and gets them involved
Gives them a visual look beyond the images in the textbook
Aids in retention
The school had them partner up, assigned each group a system. The team then had to pick an area from that system, write a short report about, create the body art and then present it to their classmates.
Many educators have used a similar activity over the years. Have students take these same systems and draw them on to large sheets of butcher paper. But this idea takes it to the next level, because students get to see where the same systems are on the human body. It creates a 3D look. Love the out-side-the box thinking! Great job Cassi and Jodi!
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.