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Engaging Question part of Activities
Karl Wirth, Macalester College Course: Dynamic Earth and Global Change 20 students This activity serves a number of functions, including an introduction to the course, a learning prompt that can be revisited ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill, Motivate Students:Relevance, Problem-Solving
Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere

Geology & Daily Life part of Activities
Tracy Gregg, University at Buffalo Course: Evolution of Earth and the Solar System 80 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Identify Pressing Environmental Issues part of Activities
Kathy Licht, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Course: Environmental Geology 70 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective motivational strategy. The Activity In ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

Is My House on an Abandoned Waste Site? part of Activities
Mark Noll, SUNY College at Brockport Course: Our Earth 85 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity I present the students with a scenario about buying a house ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Problem-Solving, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

Geoscience Careers and Salaries part of Activities
Pranoti Asher, Georgia Southern University Course: Introduction to Earth 80 students maximum Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the geosciences. The Activity I ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information
Earth System Topics: Geography

What Do Geologists Do? part of Activities
William Dunne, University of Tennessee Course: Dynamic Earth (Introduction to Physical Geology equivalent) 150 students Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information

Landscape Observations part of Activities
Rebecca Ambers, Sweet Briar College Course: Environmental Geology 20-30 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. This ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes

Mining: We Depend On It part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I present ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Resources

Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to real life can be very powerful. The Activity The semester immediately following the December, 2004 tsunami ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Student Interests
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes:Coastal Processes, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Biggest Environmental Problem? part of Activities
Jeanette Jerz, DePauw University Course: Environmental Geology 30 students "I believe that starting them off on the first day by actively thinking about the content of the course, they are much more prone to ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

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