21st Century Lesson Plan

Attached is my CEP 810 21st Century Lesson Plan for review and feedback. 

As I am not completely proficient in the art and skill  of lesson plan development, this assignment was a bit daunting at first. However, as I begin a new internship program for prospective flight nurses, this is a skill that I have discovered requires significant thought and an innovative mindset. One of the primary goals in the “creation” of a new flight nurse is that they need to possess the ability to problem solve and make decisions typically reserved for physicians. This has been something historically taught in the classroom. Since the classroom is not where these individuals will be practicing, I wish to create a lesson that will better serve their needs as well as accomplish my goal for them which is self-directed, independent thought and decision making.

During this lesson, each intern will be paired with a senior flight nurse and will participate in 2 similar yet different patient care scenarios in the cabin of the aircraft utilizing a human patient simulator. Between scenarios, they will evaluate a video recording of their performance and be given the chance to create a care standard based upon current evidence and their own understanding of how to solve this particular clinical dilemma. The intern will visually display his / her thought process and problem solving strategy in the form of an algorithm, created using the web-based software Gliffy. Learning through reflection and self-discovery is designed to occur when the intern is allowed to implement what he / she has created in the setting of the second videotaped patient care scenario.

This lesson utilizes the latest in human patient simulation technology as the primary tool for evaluation, full access to the Taubman Medical Library’s digital media and a web-based flowchart creation program in order to allow the participants to visually create their thoughts. The blended learning associated with this lesson will allow for self discovery and problem solving beyond what we can “teach” through lecture. It allows for personal reflection of their own performance, the thoughtful integration of technology that they will be utilizing during practice as a flight nurse, problem solving and decision making in a safe environment, and collaboration with proficient flight nurses and medical staff at UMHS.

To reference the message articulated by Thomas and Brown (2011), I feel that this lesson plan and subsequent instruction will not merely teach something, but will modify future behavior and assimilate the intern into the Survival Flight culture. They will become self directed, understand that learning is constant and have confidence in their abilities to seek out and find needed information. They will learn by making mistakes and they will learn in an engaging and hopefully fun environment, allowing play in an environment where play is typically not allowed.



Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky: CreateSpace?.

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