Geoscience Gallery Walk
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
Course: Architecture of the Earth
I have my students do a Gallery Walk. Questions are aimed at gauging student preconceptions about geology. For example:
- How old is the Earth and how do we know? (They often guess carbon dating.)
- Is global climate change "real," and should we be worried about it?
- What topics do you look forward to learning about in this class?
- What topics do you not look forward to learning about?
Inevitably, plate tectonics and volcanoes are a yes, but mineral ID is a no. This gives me the chance to suggest that perhaps learning about a mineral in the context of plate tectonics would be more interesting than just memorizing its name.