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

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

Water-Related Environmental Issues part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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 ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Environmental Science:Human Population, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management
Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Ground Water, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Environmental Quality, Resources, Population

Where Do You See Geology? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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 ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

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

Remote Sensing part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Dallas Rhodes, Georgia Southern University Course: Remote Sensing 30 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is an effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity Because remote ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geography:Geospatial

Earth is Our Spaceship part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Steven Semken, Arizona State University Course: Introduction to Geology I (Physical) 220 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity Before doing any lecturing, I ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving
Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars
Earth System Topics: Solar System and Astronomy

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

Geology & Daily Life part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Tracy Gregg, University at Buffalo Course: Evolution of Earth and the Solar System 80 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Identify Pressing Environmental Issues part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Kathy Licht, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Course: Environmental Geology 70 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective motivational strategy. The Activity In ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Environmental Science
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

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