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Exam #1 part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
The first exam in a class holds an opportunity for metacognitive teaching. At this point the student is open to hearing your message, especially if their outcome is less than they had hoped. This example walks through some strategies for implementing metacognitive teaching wrapped around the first exam.
What Do You Know Now? part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
An opportunity to offer metacognitive teaching arises from the simple question "what do you know now that you didn't before (whatever)"? This simple question can be asked after a reading, a lecture, a lab or other unit of student activity. The thrust is to force the student to consider what they've been exposed to and reflect on what they've learned. Did the activity change their opinion? Did this activity help them identify an analogy?
Challenging Pre-Conceptions part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Students carry into class pre-conceptions based on stories they've heard, articles they've read and experiences they've had. One of the best opportunities to teach metacognition is at a 'gotcha' moment when they come to realize their pre-conception is amiss.
Rainwater Harvesting Service Learning Project part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Students will gain an understanding of the history, benefits, and components of a rainwater harvesting system and partner with community members to design and build a rainwater harvesting system for their school.
Lab 3: Normal Climate Patterns part of EarthLabs for Educators:Drought
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × Winter and summer ...
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Introduction to Texas Hurricanes part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students graph data from 20th century hurricanes that affected the state of Texas. Along the way they answer questions that ask them to interpret what they see represented on the graphs.
Building Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Oceanography:Activities
Educators with an interest in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines will receive introductory instructions on how to design, engineer and build a fully functional underwater ...
Density of Earth Materials part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Oceanography:Activities
This activity modifies a typical density laboratory exercise to fit within a lecture session. Students are asked to compare the densities of six different rocks/minerals collected from six different environments. ...
Boomburbs part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
A boomburb is a new urban phenomena that has emerged in the last 20 years along with the growth of the Sunbelt and its suburban-dominated forms of urbanization. Boomburbs are rapidly growing suburban cities and ...
Virtual Rock Lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use a website to identify rocks based on their properties.
Resource Usage Project and Journal part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Energy:Energy Activities
Students keep track of one resource (water, electricity, gas, etc.) they use for a 7-day period. They summarize their usage patterns, give opinions, and get some self-realization about their habits.
GEO-Logic: Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students are asked to match up lecturers with what day and time they teach, and how many students they have based on clues given from several different perspectives. In the second part of the activity, students are asked to learn more about the historic figures mentioned in the activity by doing reading and web research.
Hotspot Lesson: Samoan Hotspot part of ERESE:ERESE Activities
This lesson discusses the similarities and difference between Samoa and Hawaii. Both Samoa and Hawaii are island chains in the Pacific and thought to be the result of hotspots.
Personal Timeline part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
Students start this worksheet by listing the most important events in their own lives, plotting them on a timeline, and then doing the same with Earth history events. Usually, their personal timelines will resemble ...
Teaching radioactive decay & radiometric dating: an analog activity based on fluid dynamics part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
Radiometric dating/geochronology is a difficult concept for students. Using the (rather messy) medium of shampoo, students watch it flow through holes of different sizes, determine the exponential decay equation, ...
Angle of Repose part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A student activity to determine the angle of repose and what factors determine the angle of repose.
To Drill or Not to Drill? A Case Study in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Environmental Geology:Activities
To Drill or Not to Drill is a multidisciplinary problem based learning exercise, which intends to increase students' knowledge of a variety of topics through a real world environmental topic. In addition, ...
Crafting a Sustainability Message part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Energy:Energy Activities
This activity asks students to develop text for a descriptive information board or kiosk to be placed at Growing Places Farm and Energy Park, a educational facility for at-risk youth.
Urban Farming, Soil Science and Me - Reflection 1 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
This reflection assignment is used within a service learning project to bridge three fundamental categories: community service, personal growth and course content. Reflections are designed to gauge students' ...
Lessons on River Ecosystems part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
These lessons immerse students in thinking about the big idea of an environmental system as a network of interrelationships and evaluating the goodness of policy options for the environment in the future.