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Quantifying Hydrologic Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Alicia Wilson, University of South Carolina Course: Surface and near-surface processes (Geomorphology and Hydrology) 24 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water

Turbulent Flows part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Evgeni Fedorovich, School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma Course: Atmospheric Turbulence 5 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:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Atmospheric circulation, Physics:Fluid Mechanics:Dynamics of Fluids

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

Image Description & Interpretation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary Course: Earth History 18 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Geology

Attitude Toward Science, Scientists part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Prajukti Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Course: Introduction to Earth Science 25-32 students Students' negative attitudes toward science can be a surprisingly powerful barrier to learning. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Classroom Climate
Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

What Students Want to Learn part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Wagner, Clemson University Course: Earth Resources 60 students Surveying your students about what they want to learn in a course can tell you a lot about them and their interests, and how to connect your ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests
Subject: Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Economic Geology
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions, :Resources

Igneous Rock Classification part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Brady, Smith College Course: Petrology 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. Although prior knowledge may ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks

Is It a Dinosaur? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Jonathan Geisler, Georgia Southern University Course: Dinosaurs, Extinctions, and Disasters 65 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology, Geology:Historical Geology
Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History



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