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Connect to the World We Live In

Building connections between academic learning and examples, experiences, and issues from beyond the ivory tower can increase students interest in a topic and help them transfer this learning to real life situations in their professional and personal lives. A spectrum of approaches can be used from simply using real examples to contextualize concepts to the more complicated use of service learning projects to allow practicing skills and applying knowledge in the local community.

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Teaching Strategies and Example Classroom Activities

Sustainable Urban Adventure
Thomas Beery, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Lori Troxel, Vanderbilt University

Hazardous Waste and Toxics: Real Data for Real Places
Richard Kujawa, Saint Michaels College

Assessing Water Resource Demand in New York City
Kyle Monahan, Clarkson University

Developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Strategy
This page is authored by Rebekah Green, Western Washington University.

Evaluating natural hazards data to assess the risk to your California home
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside

Unit 4: Earth's radiation balance - a map and graph-based jigsaw
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University; Bob Mackay, Clark College; Allison Dunn, Worcester State University

Unit 5: Balancing the Radiation Budget: A Jigsaw Exploration of the Global Climate System (Part 2)
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University; Bob Mackay, Clark College; Allison Dunn, Worcester State University

Unit 2: The Carbon Cycle
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

Unit 1: Identifying Misconceptions & Logical Fallacies
Pete Berquist, Thomas Nelson Community College

Unit 5: The Sixth Extinction
Camille Holmgren, SUNY Buffalo State

Unit 6: Creating an Agricultural "Fact Sheet"
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ; Martha Murphy, Santa Rosa Junior College; Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University

Unit 5: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on Soil Loss
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ; Martha Murphy, Santa Rosa Junior College; Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University

Unit 2: Fluvial Processes that Shape the Natural Landscape
Julie Monet, California State University-Chico

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