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Faculty Accounts of Teaching Geoscientific Thinking

These personal accounts were submitted by faculty in preparation for the Teaching Methods of Geoscience workshop in June 2012. Participants were asked to describe their insights into teaching the methods of geoscience based on their experience teaching the methods, research on teaching, or their geoscience research.


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Learning geoscience by doing geoscience
Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University
Learning geoscience by doing geoscience Paul Kelso, Geology and Physics, Lake Superior State University As is the case with many faculty, my teaching methods and strategies have evolved over the years. I learned ...

Enjoy making observations and being frustrated? If you answered "yes", a career in geoscience is for you!
Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Enjoy making observations and being frustrated? If you answered "yes", a career in geoscience is for you! Becca Walker, Earth Sciences and Astronomy, Mt. San Antonio College Geologists observe and ...

My personal journey into the methods of geoscience
Jennifer Anderson, Winona State University
My personal journey into the methods of geoscience Jennifer L. B. Anderson, Geoscience, Winona State University It has been so interesting to plan for this workshop because over the last year I've really ...

A metacognitive approach to teaching geologic reasoning
Steve Reynolds, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix
A metacognitive approach to teaching geologic reasoning Stephen J Reynolds and Julia K Johnson, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus Solving geologic problems ...

Teaching geoscience methods to pre-service elementary teachers
Kyle Gray, University of Northern Iowa
Teaching geoscience methods to pre-service elementary teachers Kyle Gray, Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa For the past three years, I have been teaching at the University of Northern Iowa – a ...

Teaching the scientific method at a community college
Pier Bartow, Klamath Community College
Teaching the scientific method at a community college Pier Bartow, Natural Resource Systems, Klamath Community College About 4 years ago our science department at Klamath Community College (KCC) decided to ...

Geoscience odd-(wo)man out
Holly Godsey, University of Utah
Geoscience odd-(wo)man out Holly Godsey, Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah My experiences in teaching to date have been anything but traditional. They include a couple of TA positions, field camp for ...

Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data Cindy Shellito, Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado Meteorologists and climatologists ...

Field-experiences in every geoscience class: the key to facilitating developmentally appropriate instruction
Sean Cornell, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Field-experiences in every geoscience class: the key to facilitating developmentally appropriate instruction Sean Cornell, Geography and Earth Science, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Whether planning for ...

Learning geoscience by talking and doing
Julie Stoughton, University of Nevada-Reno
Learning geoscience by talking and doing Julie Stoughton, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada-Reno I began my teaching career over twenty years ago as an outdoor educator at Yosemite ...


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