The doctor is in

Sixth graders conclude a four-week research unit on infectious diseases with simulated grand rounds presentations. Science teacher Andy Spawn pulls out all the stops to build students’ confidence, setting up a dummy patient and draping a stethoscope around each student’s neck before they present their findings. As with actual grand rounds, the presentation is a dynamic exchange between the presenting "physician" and fellow students, who ask probing questions about whether the infection is viral, bacterial, or parasitic, morbidity rates, and the patient's prognosis. Friends benefits from an abundance of physician-parents who also sit-in during the presentations and provide helpful insights.

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