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Career Goals part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Mineralogy 25-35 students This survey of students' professional goals connects course topics to students' lives while also serving as an icebreaker. The ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Student Interests, Motivate Students:Career Information, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy

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: Geoscience: Chemistry, Geoscience:Geology

Plate Tectonics Q&A part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Charlotte (Char) Mehrtens, University of Vermont Course: Earth, Environments and Life Through Time 15 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review ...

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

Where Do You See Geology? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Maureen Garrett, Arizona Western College Course: Physical Geology 25 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I take my ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology

Mapping a Park part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Kaye Savage, Vanderbilt University Course: Methods in Environmental Geology Up to 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those ...

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

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: 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: 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

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