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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:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth: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: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

Mineral Properties part of Activities
Rachel Beane, Bowdoin College Course: Mineralogy 8 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity Students, in ...

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

Isostatic Topography Calculation part of Activities
Colin Shaw, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Course: Structural Geology 12-18 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity I do an ...

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

Interview a Faculty Member in Your Major part of Activities
John Hogan, University of Missouri-Rolla Course: Structural Geology 60 to 70 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I have ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Career Information


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