Exemplary Teaching Activities
Beginning in 2011, On the Cutting Edge began a process to review the extensive collection of activities submitted by workshop participants and members of the geoscience community. The Review Processes page illuminates the details of the peer review process, and the activities are scored on 5 elements: scientific veracity; alignment of goals, activity, and assessment; pedagogical effectiveness; robustness; and completeness of the ActivitySheet. The activities that score very highly in these areas become part of the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection and are featured below. To date, activities in the mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, environmental geology, structural geology, geophysics, and tectonics areas have been reviewed so the exemplary collection is composed of activities from these topics. As the review of additional areas is completed, exemplary activities from the rest of the collection will be included here.
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Earth Motion Monitor part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
An activity based around the display near real-time seismograms in the classroom.
Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Using mass and moment of inertia as constraints, students construct density models of the whole earth. This activity uses concepts from physics, multi-dimensional calculus, and linear algebra, and also reinforces ...
Schreinemakers Analysis - Problem #4 part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
This is a straightforward Schreinemakers analysis involving two invariant points.
T-X Phase Diagrams part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
This is a 15 page tutorial and problem set designed to get students familiar with T-X diagrams, their implications, and uses.
Schreinemakers Analysis - Problem #3: Analysis of an Invariant Point part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
This is a challenging Schreinemakers analysis problem.
Hotspot Lesson: Final Project part of ERESE:ERESE Activities
Students form groups to work on a assigned hotspot chain. Each group gets to study a seamount trail from around the world and needs to present 15 slides that each have 3 main points and one nice graphical illustration or image.
The Heat is On: Understanding Local Climate Change part of Visualization:Examples
Students draw conclusions about the extent to which multiple decades of temperature data about Phoenix suggest that a shift in local climate is taking place as opposed to exhibiting nothing more than natural ...
River Flooding and Erosion part of Urban Geology:Activities
Students take a real-life situation (river flooding and erosion), use real flood and map data, and make predictions and recommendations as to what to do to help alleviate the problem.
A Term-Long Mineralogy Lab Practical Exam part of Mineralogy:Activities
This term-long project involves identifying a set of 65 mineral hand samples by their distinguishing characteristics.
Calculating Compositional Variation and Common Substitutions for Igneous and Metamorphic Minerals part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
This problem set uses Excel spreadsheets to calculate mineral formulae from analytical data (typically from the electron microprobe) using a variety of formulations that assume numerous variations of crystal ...