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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

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

Grand Canyon Observations & Hypotheses part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pam Nelson, Glendale Community College Course: Introduction to Geology - Historical Geology Maximum of 24 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

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

Virtual Field Trip part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Walter Barnhardt, University of North Carolina Course: Coastal Sedimentary Environments 16 students The next best thing to a field trip may well be a virtual field trip. You can keep students actively engaged - in ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Depositional environments:Marginal-Marine

Rock Sample Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Sarah Tindall, Kutztown University Course: Physical Geology 25 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

Is My House on an Abandoned Waste Site? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Mark Noll, SUNY College at Brockport Course: Our Earth 85 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity I present the students with a scenario about buying a house ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Relevance
Subject: Environmental Science:Waste
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

Geoscience Careers and Salaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pranoti Asher, Georgia Southern University Course: Introduction to Earth 80 students maximum 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, Geography:Geospatial
Earth System Topics: Geography



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