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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

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

Plate Boundaries and Volcanoes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Carol Ormand, Wittenberg University Course: Geology of the National Parks 28 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. Working with real, ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics

Preconceptions: Private Universe part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Don Minkel, Adirondack Community College Course: Introduction to Astronomy 22 students This activity is designed to inform students about how misconceptions can interfere with the learning process, and to alert ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Physics:Astronomy

Environmental Science Gallery Walk part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Gallery Walks:Examples
Gallery walk activity that relies on students' prior knowledge of environmental issues as an introductory activity in a general education, large-lecture format environmental science class.

Subject: Environmental Science

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