Matthew Nyman

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College of Education
Oregon State University

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Activities (2)

Earth Observations: Pattern Recognition of the Earth System part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
In this activity students examine various data sets displayed on world maps related to different spheres of the earth system. On each map students are asked to recognize and describe the patterns displayed by the data. Students choose three maps and examine possible correlations and propose hypotheses to example the observed similarities. Learn more about the course for which this activity was developed.

Earthquake Case Studies: Scientific Details and Societal Impacts part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Activities
This lecture/lab activity will take place over 4-5 2 hour class periods. In this lecture/lab activity students will learn basics of earthquakes through direct instruction and guided inquiry projects, participate in a small group project investigating details of earthquake events that had a large global impact, read articles on the local impacts, attend talks from people who have visited earthquake ravaged countries (like Haiti, Japan and Sumatra) and write reflective essays discussing issues of social and environmental justice relative to earthquake events. Intended outcomes include: Students will gain content knowledge on earthquake basics; Students will gain knowledge of a specific large earthquake event including geologic and tectonic details, seismic hazards, social and economic impacts; Students will gain perspective on social and environmental justice issues related to inequity of earthquake impacts.

Courses (3)

GEO 201 Physical Geology part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Courses
This is a mixed lab and lecture course designed to teach physical geology basics using direct instruction, guided inquiry activities and problems based learning experiences. This course is aimed at pre-service teachers but open to all students. The general course goal is to provide learning opportunities for pre-service teachers where they can use both course content and pedagogical approaches in their future teaching. Course content will be taught through a social justice lens, which includes a significant component of environmental issues.

Using Scientific Data For Multi-Disciplinary Science Instruction (PD for K-12 Teachers) part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
Using Scientific Data is a professional development course for in-service K-12 teachers focused on climate change and Earth system science that also explores how climate concepts can be incorporated into courses other than earth science. The course provides the opportunity to explore multi-disciplinary resources for data-rich classroom instruction. Teachers review and critique online curricula and datasets, experiment with data visualizations and share how they use scientific data in their classrooms. This course was supported by NM EPSCoR.

University of New Mexico - Physical Science part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
Natural Science 261L is a physical science class for K-8 pre-service teachers. The class is multi-disciplinary covering standards-based content in physics, earth science and astronomy. Lab and lecture are combined in two 2.5 hours classes. Instructional strategies include lecture, hands-on activities, demonstrations and inquiry-based research projects. In the past year, I have focused on using geology as a gateway and framework for understanding basic physics concepts and processes. For Dr. Nyman's reflections on the course and its design, see Physical Science: Role in the Program.

Essays (2)

Addressing the Complexity of Teaching Training Teachers Through a Social and Environmental Lens part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Essays
Matthew Nyman, , Oregon State University This is my first foray into explicitly addressing social and environmental justice issues in my teaching and, I have to admit, I do not have a super high comfort level with ...

Matthew Nyman part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Department of Earth and Planetary Science/Natural Science Program Homepage What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to engage at the workshop? ...

Other Contribution

Theme Group 3: Earth Science for Elementary Teachers - Course Design part of Teacher Preparation:Workshops and Activities:Workshop 2007
Group Members, Course Names 1. Lydia K. Fox, Earth System Science 2. Scott Linneman, Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems 3. Matt Nyman, Physical Science 4. Rebecca L. Dodge, Life and Earth ...


Events and Communities

Affective Domain 2007 Participants: Presenter

Teacher Preparation Workshop 2007 Participants: Presenter

InTeGrate Environmental Justice Workshop