Every month, Limmer Education publishes a new Dynamic Learning Exercise for the classroom on JEMS.com. These exercises were created by our Chief Knowledge Officer Dan Limmer for use in his EMT classes.
I have a core belief that activities such as these are multipliers in the classroom. They multiply your student’s understanding. They multiply your reach and ability to teach concepts rather than facts. Most importantly, they place the student squarely in the role of “learner”. –Dan Limmer
EMS education has evolved dramatically over the past decade. We have education standards rather than a curriculum. Our students have more modalities at their disposal—and they need to think to use them properly. The expectations placed on educators and students have never been greater. To deal with this we find ourselves looking for more efficient ways to spend our class hours. One of the ways educators have been dealing with these demands is trying more dynamic activities in the classroom. We are reducing our lecture hours and increasing learning-based activities. Each set of exercises includes a student worksheet, instructor notes and an introduction video from Dan. Using these active learning exercises is an investment in both your classroom and your students. We hope that you will try them out and give us feedback on how they worked in your classroom experience.
- Patient Assessment: This package contains four active learning patient assessment exercises for you to use in your classroom. They include:
1. A simple, but an insightful exercise to help define components of the patient assessment process.
2. A vital signs trending exercise.
3. An exercise that strengthens and provides relevance to medical patient assessment.
4. An exercise that strengthens and provides relevance to trauma patient assessment.
- Scene Size-up and Well-Being: The scene size-up and well-being exercise is designed to engage students in a discussion about what really harms EMTs—and what those realities are for them as individuals. In addition to being an excellent opener to a lecture or further exercises on the scene size-up, this activity also deals with those elusive affective concepts we often find challenging to teach.
- Medical Emergencies – Altered Mental Status: One of the most challenging patient presentations is altered mental status. The inability of the patient to provide a detailed history, combined with a myriad of possible causes, challenges even the most skilled provider.
- Build the Perfect EMT & Protocols: This exercise is designed to involve students and ask them to think about the qualities they would like in an EMT who comes to their house. Each student will make a list of qualities they value. The discussion you facilitate after each student presents items from their list will create a better lesson than you’d get from slides—and you can fill in any blanks in important traits during the discussion.
Looking for more exercises to use in your classroom? There are 30+ exercises available in our free Educator section at EMTReview.com