Friday, August 07, 2015

Secondary MAC interns help Scarlett students learn about healthy hearts

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Scarlett Middle School students in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, accompanied by a cohort of intern teachers from SOE's secondary master of arts with certification (Secondary MAC) program, recently took a field trip that may pay big dividends to the students' health.

The field trip was a highlight of the annual Summer Learning Institute, part of the Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a partnership between SOE and Mitchell Elementary School and Scarlett Middle School.

Nearly 70 rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from Scarlett, along with the Secondary MAC interns, participated in a "Healthy Hearts Workshop" conducted by the intensive care unit (ICU) nursing staff of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center of U-M's Health System. The theme of the visit—and of the Summer Learning Institute—was "What makes us human?"

"The ICU Educational Nurse Coordinator, Margarita Barrientes, approached this from the perspective that our ability to modify our own health is one of the aspects of what makes us human," explained Kevin Hankinson, clinical experiences coordinator for SOE's Secondary Teacher Education program. "The workshop was very interactive. Students learned about things they can do to improve their health, by visiting a number of different stations at the workshop. These stations had information about topics like stress, nutrition, exercise, heart anatomy, and even clean hands and teeth."

ICU personnel, including nurses, nurse aides, and a respiratory therapist, talked to students about heart anatomy, surgeries, and risk factors they could manage to help prevent heart disease. Secondary MAC interns then accompanied groups of students around the interactive stations. Students could also participate in an informational scavenger hunt, which culminated in a raffle. First prize? A selfie stick.

"It was a great event for the students, who learned a lot about health, and also for the Secondary MAC interns, who are completing their summer work at Scarlett with their mentor teachers," said Hankinson. "Plus, it was really fun."

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