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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

Icebreaker: Coat of Arms part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Martin Balinsky, Florida A&M University Course: Earth and Space Science for pre-service and inservice teachers 26 students An icebreaker is an activity that helps students (and instructor) to get to know each ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Lunar and Planetary Science
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Solar System and Astronomy

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

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



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