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Content updates and teaching advice for teachers of human anatomy & physiology (A&P) from professor, author, and mentor Kevin Patton. 

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Jan 3, 2023

Host Kevin Patton revisits some classic segments from past episodes. In the first segment, he explains why he thinks storytelling is the heart of effective teaching. Then. he tells a brief version of his actin-myosin love story—a playful analogy to help students learn about muscle contraction.

00:00 | Introduction

01:07 | Storytelling: The Heart of Teaching

15:36| Sponsored by AAA, HAPI, and HAPS

17:10 | Actin-Myosin Love Story

27:58 | Staying Connected

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Guess what? This is another one of our winter shorts! Yep, that's right, it's a shorter-than-usual episode in which I present one or two, or maybe three or four, classic, evergreen segments from previous episodes that are remastered, reconstituted, and recycled for your listening and learning pleasure. But mainly it's to give me a break for self-care over the holiday season. We'll be back to our regular programming in late January.


Storytelling is the Heart of Teaching

14.5 minutes

Kevin explains why he thinks storytelling is the heart of effective teaching, especially in the A&P course. He outlines the "storytelling persona"; making sure there is a beginning, middle, and end to our stories, applying storytelling to both lectures and the entire course, using drama, conflict and resolution, and other techniques.

★ This segment was first heard in Storytelling is the Heart of Teaching A&;P | Episode 12 and The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling (website with many resources)

Crash Course in Storytelling (book on the basics of storytelling)

Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need (book; the title says it all)

Anatomy & Physiology Syllabus: It's an Art | TAPP 120 (how the syllabus tells a story)

Teaching Slides: Smooth and Simple Animations Dramatize the Story of A&P | TAPP 89

The Proper Order of Topics in A&P | Leaderboards | Student Frustration | TAPP 88

Winter Short: Storytelling, Featuring the Actin-Myosin Love Story | TAPP 130

Sponsored by AAA, HAPI, and HAPS

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A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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The Actin-Myosin Love Story

11 minutes

Kevin tells the story of actin and myosin a characters in the process of sliding filaments during contraction as an analogy to a classic love story. This playful story reflects the focus of many past episodes about the use of storytelling and analogies in teaching A&P.

★ This segment was first heard in Actin & Myosin & A Love Story | Episode 15

Episode 12: Storytelling is the Heart of Teaching A&P (introduces the strategy of storytelling)

Episode 13: Playful and Serious is the Perfect Combo for A&P (introduces the value of playful analogies)

Survival Guide for Anatomy & Physiology (Kevin's brief manual for A&P students features a version of the actin-myosin love story)

Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Skeletal Muscle: A Love Story? (article from HAPS Educator with a version of this story)

Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject (book that addresses many issues, including English-language learners)



Production: Aileen Park (announcer), Andrés Rodriguez (theme composer,  recording artist), team (transcription), Kevin Patton (writer, editor, producer, host)


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