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Advanced Middle School Biology: The Immune System

This course will give students a wide overview of the Immune System and its different levels. We'll learn about macrophages, T and B cells, and external immunity!
Sarah Tedesco
94 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 7 learners
Class
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 14 weeks
13-15
year olds
4-18
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific

Wed, Jan 18, 2023

Jan 18 – Apr 26, 2023 (14 weeks)
Wednesdays
4 – 5 PM
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Description

Class Experience

At the end of this class, students should be able to... 

1. Explain why the immune system has multiple layers and multiple parts. 
2. Name some of the parts of the general external immune system. 
3. Explain the difference between good bacteria and bad bacteria. 
4. Identify macrophages and natural killer cells, and explain why they are different. 
5. Describe the process of phagocytosis.
6. Explain why the inflammatory response is important. 
7. Identify the key players in the inflammatory response. 
8. Explain why seasonal allergies occur. 
9. Describe B cells and their response to pathogens.
10. Explain why antibodies help take down pathogens. 
11. Describe T cells and their role in the immune response.
12. Explain why B and T cells must work together. 
13. Describe how vaccinations work and why they are useful.
14. Describe the difference between allergies and autoimmune diseases.
15. Identify some autoimmune diseases.
16. Explain some treatment options for Coeliac's and Type 1 Diabetes.
17. Explain the differences between bacteria and viruses. 
18. Describe how bacteriophages infect bacteria.
As a Biomedical Engineering Master's student, it is my responsibility to recall the immune system in detail. This has been emphasized by my library of coursework on the human body including cellular biology and biomedical transport phenomena.

I have designed and executed middle school-level curricula that have included this material. I have also taught these topics in small classes of middle school students. I have run this specific class 3 times with positive reviews on different platforms. 

I have also been an AP Biology teacher for 3 years, so it is my responsibility to be extremely proficient in these topics year-round. I myself completed and passed the AP Biology exam in 2017 with a score of 5.
This class is accompanied with a workbook that contains all of the homework assignments for this course. Each homework assignment is given at the end of the class. These assignments are supposed to be enriching and valuable. I strive to make the activities in my workbooks enjoyable- not just busywork! 

Though the homework is meant to be enriching and important, it is not meant to add stress to the course. The goal is for your learner to be happy and stress-free. So, if homework adds more anxiety to the process, feel free to skip it.
Learners may take notes, but it is never required! If students wish, they can bring their workbooks to class and try to complete homework assignments during the lesson.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The last day of class will be a review game-style culmination of everything we've learned in the course! 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This course is about the Immune System, which means that we talk about the concept of getting sick. If your student is uncomfortable talking about that, this may not be the course for them.

Before you enroll, make sure your learner is comfortable learning about the following: 
- Pathogens like viruses/bacteria
- Vaccinations (purpose and importance)
- Autoimmune diseases like Celiac, Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus (no graphic pictures)
- Allergies and inflammation (including extreme cases like anaphylaxis) 
- Blood 

That being said, this course does NOT show any graphic images or overly vivid descriptions of illness. This course also does not focus on COVID-19, as it is a source of grief for many students and families.

**PLEASE READ: A NOTE ON VACCINATIONS**
As a result of my current education of Biomedical Engineering, I see vaccination as a positive contribution to the medical field. I will discuss vaccinations positively and consider them a medical success. Also, I will mention why some people are medically unable to receive them. I will NOT skew or change my curriculum to fit any political views/opinions you or your family may have. I will not be discussing the political events surrounding COVID-19 vaccines.

For more information, please message me!

Teacher

Sarah Tedesco
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Happy, Holistic Teaching.
94 total reviews
48 completed classes

About Me

Hi, there! My name is Sarah Tedesco and I am a 22-year-old university student from Long Island, New York. I am a Biomedical Engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a concentration in Biomaterials and a minor in Psychology. I am... 
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