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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

Grand Canyon Observations & Hypotheses part of Activities
Pam Nelson, Glendale Community College Course: Introduction to Geology - Historical Geology Maximum of 24 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

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

Virtual Field Trip part of Activities
Walter Barnhardt, University of North Carolina Course: Coastal Sedimentary Environments 16 students The next best thing to a field trip may well be a virtual field trip. You can keep students actively engaged - in ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Rock Sample Observations part of Activities
Sarah Tindall, Kutztown University Course: Physical Geology 25 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

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

Light Spectra Observations part of Activities
Leslie Kanat, Johnson State College Course: Introduction to Earth Science 44 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity I give each ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill

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


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