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Engaging Question part of First Day of Class: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 ...

Career Goals part of First Day of Class: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 ...

Eruption Prediction part of First Day of Class:Activities
Bryan Oakley, Bryant University and University of Rhode Island Course: Physical Geology Lab 25 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

Plate Tectonics Q&A part of First Day of Class: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 ...

Water-Related Environmental Issues part of First Day of Class:Activities
Donna Wolcott, North Carolina State University Course: Environmental Science-Water Issues 12-20 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The ...

Hydrogeology Jeopardy part of First Day of Class: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 ...

Where Do You See Geology? part of First Day of Class:Activities
Maureen Garrett, Arizona Western College Course: Physical Geology 25 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I take my ...

Careers in Hydrogeology part of First Day of Class:Activities
Rene Price, Florida International University Course: Introduction to Hydrogeology 5 students Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the geosciences. The Activity I ...

Geoscience Gallery Walk part of First Day of Class: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 ...

Mapping a Park part of First Day of Class:Activities
Kaye Savage, Vanderbilt University Course: Methods in Environmental Geology Up to 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those ...

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