Problem-based learning may be open-ended and ill-structured, but problem scenarios require well-defined characters, plot, and setting. Setting the scene right–with high-stakes, high-impact specifics–helps students understand the importance of the conundrum they’re about to tackle. What elements are key to your scenarios?
This post provides video and other materials for teaching a lesson on pathogen paths and public health. This lesson is excerpted from an eight-lesson unit on disease, medicine, and epidemiology for gifted elementary and middle school students. This activity is the precursor to students tackling a medical mystery of illness at the State Fair.