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This week’s cameo blogger is Meaghan U.!  One of the first characteristics you will notice about Meaghan is that she has the best attitude, no matter what she has encountered that day.  She is always prepared for class and ready to take on that day’s lab or activity.  I’m glad she is taking this class, because she has unfortunately experienced a sports related injury that has impacted her ability to participate in soccer (read more about this in her post on Athletic Trainers).  Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!


We have had a lot going on this week! First of all, at the beginning of last week, we finished posting about a lab on heart rates and what it looks like to have a heart attack. We learned more skills about using technology and other applications to get our data across and to use the technology to our advantage to learn more about our hearts.

We also started to learn a lot more about heart disease. Mrs. Kahn walked us through a powerpoint she made about women and heart disease and it was incredibly interesting to hear more of the facts. We learned that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the nation (more than the next 5 reasons combined!). This really opened my eyes to how serious heart disease is and how important it is that I get educated and spread the word.


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I HEART Sports Med!

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This week’s cameo blogger is Olivia G.!  I have the pleasure of teaching Olivia for the second time as she is one of my past Biology students… when we reviewed the cell, she made me very proud with how much she remembered! Olivia brings a lot of relevant information to our Sports Medicine class since she is an athlete herself (check out her post on artificial turf!).  Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!


As weeks have gone by in Sports Med, and learning more and more about the body and how it works, I believe by far learning about the heart was the most interesting section! We learned about how a lot of aspects of our daily lives and how our daily activities can largely affect our heart health! Many aspects such as diet, diabetes, and smoking can largely affect our hearts, and its ability to do its job!


Also, I finally learned what the numbers from our blood pressure readings actually mean!


The class got to read a case study about a retired couple, and their heart complications. Seeing all of their daily habits and test results gave us an insight about how what we do can really affect our health, and inspires me to really take care of myself, especially when I am older! (which is a long ways away ;))

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Class Cameo 10/26-11/3

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This week’s cameo blogger is Mavis L.!  Mavis transferred to Notre Dame this year and I am so glad she did! She has been an integral part of our Sports Medicine course and brings such a positive energy to our class.  Mavis’ genuine interest in the course is evident and it also shows through the work she produces (she’s a claymation master by the way!). Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!

Sports Medicine

Although during the week of October 26th to November 3rd consisted of only two class periods, I learned a lot. This particular week covered the cardiovascular system, as well as tested our knowledge on the heart diagram. In addition, the class was assigned a case study where students were given a real life situation and students had to identify/diagnose the potential problems of an elderly couple given their daily routines. At the end of the week, I learned about the cardiovascular and respiratory system’s diseases and began the EKG lab where we learned the basics toFullSizeRender (5) a healthy and unhealthy heart beat.

Through the cardiovascular system web quest, Ms. Kahn provided a link from The Franklin Institute along with some guiding questions to learn more about the blood vessels, the right and left atrium and ventricles, the aorta, and a lot more!

The lab the class completed, which was my favorite assignment…

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This week’s cameo blogger is Krystal M.! This is the second time I have had the opportunity to teach Krystal, she is one of my past Biology students.  I love have students for a second time and seeing how much they have grown in just a year or two.  Krystal has an interest and knack for human anatomy and is very collaborative when it comes to group work. Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!

Krystal's Sports Med Discoveries

After wrapping Unit 3 on the cardiovascular system and cells we completed the unit 3 exam and have finally moved onto unit 4. This week in our sports medicine class we are learning about the circulatory system, parts of the blood, and the anatomy of the heart.  This week we also completed an assignment about the benefits of playing on artificial turf versus playing on real grass.  We learned how popular artificial turf is but we also discovered the dangers of playing on it as well. The circulatory system is the part of our body that carries all the blood. This is a very important part of human anatomy and I look forward to learning more about this topic and further exploring human anatomy.  This week we are also wrapping up our job shadowing hours. Over the past couple of weeks, we have had opportunities to shadow people with professions…

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#FallCUE and Soul Food


My 5th CUE Conference! I think…

It’s taken me a few days to recover from the Fall Cue Conference in Napa this weekend – I blame the awesome sessions I attended that left my mind numb and this parasite I’m growing.  I wanted to jot down a few great pearls I picked up this weekend – mostly reaffirming things I’ve learned at past CUE conferences.

First of all, being in one place with so many inspirational and like-minded educators is one of the best feelings. If my mind (and family) could handle it, I would attend conferences all the time because the teacher-high is so worth it.  I’m left with a ton of great ideas and an energy to continue to (hopefully) positively impact my students.  I won’t be able to package all the greatness of this weekend in this quick post, but there were a few things I can share.


My #FallCUE partner in Crime – Rebecca Girard!

Google Apps for Education is where it’s at

If you haven’t hoped on board yet – do it! Utilizing Google apps greatly improves the lives of both teachers and students.  If you’re looking to increase your productivity – Google apps.  Streamline your workflow? Google apps.  Increase collaboration among students? Google apps. Want someone to grade your quizzes for you? Google apps (Check out what I learned from @MrScottMarsden during his session on forms and Flubaroo). I could go on and on…

Blog with your students, you won’t regret it

I have been blogging with my students for 3 years now, ever since I went to one of David Theriault‘s sessions on blogging (you know, the one where he made us all cry?). I started with a class blog, then leveled up to individual student blogs and now I do a bit of both.  Blogging is a one stop shop to covering many of your common core technology bases, but also an invaluable experience for your students. I explained how I implemented blogging in my classes during my presentation and the one I did with my colleague, Rebecca Girard – her wealth of knowledge is priceless!

Increase digital literacy, one step at a time

There are a million digital tools out there… I made that figure up, but there are more than any one person could ever learn and use, but don’t let that deter you! Start with just one (take a look at the Tech Toolkit I shared during my presentation). You don’t have to put your entire course online and complete every lesson using digital tools, you can incorporate one or two new tools at time, wherever they appropriately fit into your curriculum.

Stephanos Soul Food

Dinner from Stephanos. Photo by Rebecca Girard

Oh and the last nugget I need to share with you – Stephanos Soul Food in Vallejo. Totally unassuming from the outside… fried chicken and mac n’ cheese heaven on the inside. I pulled the whole “I’m eating for two” when I cleared my plate that had enough food for 3 people. Cheers!

Class Cameo Blog

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This week’s cameo blogger is Sofia B.! Sofia was one of my Biology students two years ago and I remember how engaged and involved she was during our Biotech Unit where they investigated a mystery and also acted as genetic counselors for a couple expecting a child.  Sofia really likes to get to the bottom of a problem and find a solution – she is a wonderful asset to a science classroom. Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!


This week, my class and I learned about the Basics of Tissue Injury. There are four types of tissue: nervous, connective, muscle, and Epithelium. The nervous tissues create reactions throughout the body. The connective tissues store nutrients and protect our organs. Our organs are also supported with this tissue. Ligaments and tendons protect joints and bones (plus the muscles connected). The Muscle Tissues help with bodily movement. They move waste, food, and blood through the body organs and are even responsible for the body’s mechanical digestion (the action of chewing)! The Epithelium Tissues protect us from bacteria and other matter by being our skin! Our muscles in our stomach help absorb food and nutrients with these tissues. The kidney is an example of an Epithelium Tissue, it filters waste.

Whenever you get an open wound, for example, a gash on your arm, you have to go through three stages of…

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Class Blog Cameo

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Introducing Kaitlyn O., this week’s cameo blogger! Kaitlyn is one a the few students I haven’t taught before, but I am so glad she is taking my class! Kaitlyn always offers a unique perspective on what we are covering and takes the time to really dig deep into the content.  Kaitlyn is a conscientious  and determined student – I look forward to getting to know her more throughout this year! Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!

Class Blog Cameo

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This week’s cameo blogger is Tiffany E.! I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Tiffany in Biology 2 years ago and now she is one of my Sports Medicine students. I can remember that even as a Sophomore, Tiffany had a passion for life science, and more specifically, wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. Now as a senior, she still has a strong drive to achieve her goals and it is wonderful to guide her through this experience! Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!


This week, we focused mostly on our job shadowing and taking the unit 2 exam. Many of us are very eager to shadow someone related to sports medicine. The professions vary from nurses, doctors, physical therapists, personal trainers, and more. We had lots of time to think about who to shadow, and how to find that person. Many girls found their person through internships, family members, or simply picking up a phone and calling a stranger. Fellow classmate Krystal Masis is eager to figure out what her future job could be and said, “I am looking forward to shadowing someone who has a career that I may be interested in one day.” Krystal and I are shadowing the same personal trainer, Monica Ehlers. Another classmate Olivia Geronimo is also interviewing a personal trainer, and she describes her hopes of her interview as, “I’m so excited about learning about what a personal trainer…

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Week 9.21.15 Agenda

This school year, each of my Sports Medicine students will be given the opportunity to share what is going on in our class through this class blog. Each student maintains their own website where they publish lab work, projects and blog posts. On their assigned week, they will share out to our readers what they experienced that week in (or outside) our class. Since Sports Medicine is a blended course, part online and part in class lab, you will get a glimpse into both sides of this course. We hope you enjoy!

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Mia C. ~ I met our very first cameo class blogger, Mia, as her Biology teacher two years ago and it is so wonderful to have her as a student again! While soft spoken, Mia is determined and well organized. She always clearly articulates her thoughts and is an outstanding student. Please check out her ‘run down’ of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!

Sports Medicine

During the week of September 21st, we covered information on anatomical terms and the human anatomy.  We were given a few websites to learn these concepts.  One of the websites is very interactive and explains the concepts in a straight-forward, effortless way.  The other website helps us to drill the concepts into our minds.  We were also given a few quizzes, such as a multiple choice quiz, listing systems of the human body, and anatomical directional terms, to drill these concepts into our minds so we will remember them.

On September 22nd, we performed our first lab!  The lab was on homeostasis, which is, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, a system that helps maintain stability and equilibrium of the internal conditions of the body, while external conditions, such as exercise, are conflicting them.

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Fungus Fair!

The Biology students were given the opportunity to participate in Notre Dame’s 19th Annual Fungus Fair this past week.  Students were asked to find a specimen from the Kingdom Fungi, identify their specimen using provided resources and present their findings to the class.  This is one of my favorite projects of the year for a couple reasons…number one being I am a fungus fanatic!

Here are a couple specimens students brought in:


We also had Dr. Hegarty as an impromptu guest lecturer!  While researching her specimen, one student found that if her mushroom’s cap was exposed to Potassium Hydroxide, it should turn a yellowish color.  I knew just who to ask to test this hypothesis in front of the class.

Dr. Hegarty used a couple different solutions and we were able to get a slight reaction on part of the cap. It’s always a good day when Biology and Chemistry join forces!

Take a moment today to notice the 

Fungus Among Us!