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Using Oceanic Data part of Activities
David Hastings, Eckerd College Course: Advanced Chemical and Physical Oceanography 50 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. Working with ...

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

True/False Quiz on Course Topics part of Activities
Kathy Surpless, Stanford University Course: Fundamentals of Geology 70 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you to figure out how much time you'll need to spend teaching various ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Field Trip: Describe & Hypothesize part of Activities
Robert (Bob) Filson, Green River Community College Course: Physical Geology 24-48 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes

Is It a Mineral? part of Activities
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College Course: Earth Materials 15 to 20 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The Activity I give six or seven objects to ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Minerals

Historical Geology Reconstruction Analogy part of Activities
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island Course: Introduction to Historical Geology 20 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:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History

Modeling Systems Behavior part of Activities
Frederica Raia, City College of New York Course: Earth System Science: Physical and Chemical Principles 10-15 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Structural Smoothies part of Activities
Dyanna Czeck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Course: Structural Geology 12 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity On the ...

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

Quakes, Volcanoes & Plate Boundaries part of Activities
Tanya Atwater, University of California - Santa Barbara Course: Geology 157, Plate Tectonics 25 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Earthquakes, Plate Tectonics

Hypothesis Formulation & Testing part of Activities
Kaatje Kraft, Mesa Community College Course: Introduction to Physical Geology ~50 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity In ...

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

Today's Weather part of Activities
Alvin Konigsberg, SUNY-New Paltz Course: Weather and Environment 55-60 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity We discuss the ...

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


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