Students attending Health Assistants for a second year participate in a health occupation/A&P curriculum. The students have numerous opportunities to experience a variety of locations in the medical profession. This group of students had the unique opportunity to create a lesson to present to the Early Intervention preschool classroom located here at the Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center. The students came to realize that there were varying ability levels and services which are within a classroom like this. At times, medical needs are apparent, as students may require a 1:1 nurse, so this could be a potential field to to implement the skills that they have learned.
The Health Occupation students worked as teams, AM and PM, to develop a lesson to present to the children. It was their responsibility to identify a theme, collaborate ideas, and then organize all that would be required for the presentation. Communication, cooperation, and compromise were huge factors in the success of the lesson. While in the classroom, the students used flexibility to adapt to the children’s needs and abilities. They were able to see the dynamics of the classroom “flow” and the accommodations that often need implemented. More importantly, it gave both the students and the children an opportunity to bond and develop the awareness of each other as we share one building! The children having the opportunity to be “pals” with the high school students and the students gaining a sensitivity and appreciation for these little ones. It opens the\ eyes to the fact that they are role models!