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Quantifying Hydrologic Observations part of Activities
Alicia Wilson, University of South Carolina Course: Surface and near-surface processes (Geomorphology and Hydrology) 24 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill

Turbulent Flows part of Activities
Evgeni Fedorovich, School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma Course: Atmospheric Turbulence 5 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Remote Sensing part of Activities
Dallas Rhodes, Georgia Southern University Course: Remote Sensing 30 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is an effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity Because remote ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Earth is Our Spaceship part of Activities
Steven Semken, Arizona State University Course: Introduction to Geology I (Physical) 220 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity Before doing any lecturing, I ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving
Earth System Topics: Solar System and Astronomy

Resource Consumption part of Activities
Janis Treworgy, Principia College Course: Introductory Geology 17 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity As one means of ...

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

Image Description & Interpretation part of Activities
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary Course: Earth History 18 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill

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

Igneous Rock Classification part of Activities
John Brady, Smith College Course: Petrology 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. Although prior knowledge may ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Is It a Dinosaur? part of Activities
Jonathan Geisler, Georgia Southern University Course: Dinosaurs, Extinctions, and Disasters 65 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History


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