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

Prior Knowledge, Landscape Photos part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Daniel Brownstein, Hastings High School Course: Advanced Geology 26 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have (theoretically) ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology

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: Geoscience:Geology, Lunar and Planetary Science

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: Geoscience:Geology

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: Geoscience: Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Economic Geology

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: 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: Geoscience:Paleontology, Geology:Historical Geology

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: Geoscience:Geology

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: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Depositional environments:Marginal-Marine

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