Bill Slattery

Earth & Enviornmental Sciences

Wright State University-Main Campus

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Activities (2)

Destruction of the Rainforest and Atmospheric Oxygen part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Pre-service Middle Childhood teachers in the Earth Systems class tried to devise a laboratory activity to test the assertion that destruction of the Brazilian Rainforest would lead to a decrease in the oxygen levels in the Earth's atmosphere. They were to collect data, analyze the results and use their results to determine if the assertion was true based on their experiment. Learn more about the course for which this activity was developed.

Plotting Earthquakes with Near Real-Time Data part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
Students access the United States Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center at and plot the longitude latitude and depth of earthquakes on a physiographic chart.


Wright State University - Earth Systems part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
Earth Systems is a web-enhanced course designed expressly for undergraduates seeking Middle Childhood Licensure with a science concentration. The course is problem based, using Deforestation, Volcanoes, and Global Climate change as springboards to explore the interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere components of the Earth system. Participants work through real-world events in learning cycles. Co-operative learning groups are formed to explore the impact of the problem (Deforestation, Volcanoes, or Global Climate change) on one of the Earth's spheres (atmosphere, biosphere etc.) during the initial phase of the learning cycle. Then, new groups are formed to include representatives from each of the sphere groups, and an Earth system causal chain linking all the interactions between the event and the Earth's spheres is developed. Then the pre-service teachers have the opportunity to develop laboratory activity linking a related Physical or Life science concept(s) to the event they studied. Grading is based on clearly stated evaluation rubrics, and pre-service teacher participants complete a final project consisting of individual work on an Earth Systems problem. The course is partly on-line and asynchronous, that is, participants need not all be on-line at the same time, however, assignment deadlines must be met. For Dr. Slattery's reflections on the course and its design, see Earth Systems: Role in the Program.

Teaching Method Module

Assessment part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Assessment
This module outlines a variety of techniques for assessing student learning. It includes strategies for integrating assessment into different learning settings and at different points in the learning process.


William Slattery part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Essays
Essays on Teacher Preparation by Workshop Participants Associate Professor Department of Geological Sciences Wright State University Dayton, Ohio Proficiency tests In 1994 the Ohio State Legislature charged the ...

Other Contributions (2)

On-line Earth System Science Cooperative Learning Rubric part of Cutting Edge:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities
Cooperative learning groups of K-12 teachers use a scoring rubric for development of a group report on the impact of an event on the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.

Theme Group 2: Earth Science for Secondary Teachers - Systems and Models part of Teacher Preparation:Workshops and Activities:Workshop 2007
Group Members Eric Pyle, History and Philosophy of the Geosciences James Ebert, Laboratory Techniques in Earth Science William Slattery, Earth Systems Jill Singer, Oceanography Sandra Rutherford, Methods for ...

Events and Communities

RTOP Observers

Student Learning: Observing and Assessing 2005 Participants

Teacher Preparation Workshop 2007 Participants

New Geoscience Tools 2008 Participants

Research on Learning