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Engaging Question part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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 ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records
Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere

Resource Consumption part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Janis Treworgy, Principia College Course: Introductory Geology 17 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity As one means of ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

Geoscience Concept Inventory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Henrietta Laustsen, University of Colorado Course: Introduction to Physical Geology 185 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you figure out what topics to focus on in your teaching. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience

What Do Geologists Do? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
William Dunne, University of Tennessee Course: Dynamic Earth (Introduction to Physical Geology equivalent) 150 students Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information
Subject: Geoscience

Careers in Hydrogeology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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 ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information
Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology

Prior Knowledge, Landscape Photos part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Daniel Brownstein, Hastings High School Course: Advanced Geology 26 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have (theoretically) ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience:Geology

Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to real life can be very powerful. The Activity The semester immediately following the December, 2004 tsunami ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Student Interests
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes:Coastal Processes, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Rock Description part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Course: Historical Geology 15-30 students My historical geology course is focused on how geologists are able to "read the rocks" and thereby interpret ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks

Career Goals part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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 ...

First Day Focus: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Student Interests, Motivate Students:Career Information, Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy

Eruption Prediction part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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 ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Chemistry, Geoscience:Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

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