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

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

Water-Related Environmental Issues part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Donna Wolcott, North Carolina State University Course: Environmental Science-Water Issues 12-20 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Human Population, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management

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

Careers in Hydrogeology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Rene Price, Florida International University Course: Introduction to Hydrogeology 5 students 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: Geoscience:Hydrology

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: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars

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

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: Geoscience, Geography:Geospatial

What Do Geologists Do? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
William Dunne, University of Tennessee Course: Dynamic Earth (Introduction to Physical Geology equivalent) 150 students Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience

Landscape Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Rebecca Ambers, Sweet Briar College Course: Environmental Geology 20-30 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. This ...

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

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