Ready2Work Labs: From Student to Technician/Assistant
My students need these items, such as otoscopes, posters, and charts, to learn real skills. As at-risk teens, they are more likely to complete a high school diploma if the lessons give them a leg up in medical or industrial jobs.
How do we enrich the lives of students who are at-risk of becoming dropouts? What can we do to instill a sense of belonging, not only at school, but also to the community? My wonderful teenagers have grown up being viewed as lazy kids, constant failures, and delinquents. They come to me with angst, feeling defeated, and/or apathetic . The truth is my students just want to fit in somewhere.
My students succeed best with self-paced work, student choice on how to demonstrate their mastery of content knowledge, and with projects that emphasize real world skills/situations.
In order for my students to see a value within themselves, they have to literally "see" that they can make a difference in the world. Nearly all of them come from low income and fragmented households, so my students frequently believe they have nothing good to offer in the world.
You can help my science students as they get ready to tackle a promising career as a CNA/CMA, Biotechnician, Phlebotomist, or Plasma Processor by providing these instuments and study materials. Entry level to the medical and STEM industrial fields require students to know their science well (molecular, cellular, anatomy & physiology). They might be asked to perform a transfusion, draw blood for blood typing or paternity testing, collect and analyze other samples for various tests, take vitals, etc. on the job.
These instructional charts will help my students apply protocols accurately and make connections between difficult concepts.
The scientific instuments will be used to practice basic patient care while maintaining aseptic techniques. Our school nurse will act as our independent Quality Assurance Inspector, so our students feel confident about their abilities to translate their studies into practical use. I hope you can take part in this exciting enrichment by funding us completely before the new school year begins!
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