I hope this isn't the first video you've checked on the website so far, but if it is... Welcome! Give this video a quick look, and read the Introduction I've included in this blog post. It will give you, your parents, and anyone interested a good idea of what the class is going to be about this year
Welcome to Physiology!
Physiology is the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts. Physiology can also be referred to as “Anatomy and Physiology.” Where anatomy deals primarily in the structures of the body, both inside and out. Physiology deals with the multitude of organ systems, that when working in tandem, help to keep us alive. These interconnected organ systems are also going to be explored through dissection laboratories, the organs being investigated include the heart (cardiac/circulatory system), the Kidney (urinary system), and the brain (nervous system).
“The purpose of this course is to engage the student in the examination of the human body and its unicellular and multi-cellular levels of structural specializations.
This course is intended to include hands-on laboratory experiences and to apply the information and techniques learned in both the classroom and laboratory to real life situations.
The subject matter emphasizes health and disease and how these are linked to the student’s own world as well as future generations. It also introduces new information with the emphasis on broad concepts and ideas which are socially relevant, challenging, and comprehensible.
This course will expand and elaborate on concepts introduced in Biology and how those concepts apply to the human body, health, and disease. Included is the development of skills to read and evaluate current biological literature, and develop independent logical thinking.
It is our belief that science instruction should be student-centered rather than teacher-centered. This means that each student should be personally involved with the equipment and processes used in performing scientific activities.
We feel that when a student is allowed to participate actively in science, the student will develop attitudes of self-confidence and self-reliance that will stimulate his interest and activities in other areas. The student will then be better able to knowingly accept the consequences for endeavors embarked on in the future.
Science instruction shall be a formalized continuation of the basic human trait of individual exploration through which each student learns to perceive and interpret his total environment and the importance of himself as an integral part of his environment.”
(Source: Physiology Curriculum, Elizabeth, NJ)