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

Career Goals part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Mineralogy 25-35 students This survey of students' professional goals connects course topics to students' lives while also serving as an icebreaker. The ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Student Interests, Motivate Students:Career Information, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Relevance

Plate Tectonics Q&A part of Activities
Charlotte (Char) Mehrtens, University of Vermont Course: Earth, Environments and Life Through Time 15 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey

Hydrogeology Jeopardy part of Activities
Eric Peterson, Illinois State Univerisity Course: Introduction to Ground Water Modeling 6 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey

Geoscience Gallery Walk part of Activities
Cari Johnson, University of Utah Course: Architecture of the Earth 30-40 students This activity combines an assessment of prior knowledge with a survey of student interests. The Activity I have my students do a ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests, Knowledge Survey

Attitude Toward Science, Scientists part of Activities
Prajukti Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Course: Introduction to Earth Science 25-32 students Students' negative attitudes toward science can be a surprisingly powerful barrier to learning. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Classroom Climate
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

What Students Want to Learn part of Activities
John Wagner, Clemson University Course: Earth Resources 60 students Surveying your students about what they want to learn in a course can tell you a lot about them and their interests, and how to connect your ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions, :Resources

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

Earthball Volleyball part of Activities
John Knox, University of Georgia Course: Introduction to Weather and Climate 90 to 250 students This icebreaker activity mixes learning with fun. The Activity I cover the contents of the introductory chapter of the ...

First Day Focus: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

Geoscience Concept Inventory part of Activities
Henrietta Laustsen, University of Colorado Course: Introduction to Physical Geology 185 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you figure out what topics to focus on in your teaching. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey

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