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9 January 2015

Leopard print and crystals: Making content memorable for students

For many students, one of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of success is simply grappling with the sheer amount of content knowledge required.  I try to take every opportunity I can to find a way of embedding this content in their minds, specifically through active learning and engagement which appeals to all the senses and makes learning stick more firmly. 


My Year 9s have just begun their study of Medicine Through Time.  The first stages of the course will feel like a distant memory when they finally come to sit the exam.  At this point, we're looking at prehistoric medicine, making inferences based on aboriginal medicine.  To bring this to life, I staged an aboriginal medical ceremony with my students.  This was a good excuse to rummage around the History Department props cupboard and dig out the leopard print and the quartz crystal.  In the video below, you can see how we got on.

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