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Today's Weather part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Alvin Konigsberg, SUNY-New Paltz Course: Weather and Environment 55-60 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity We discuss the ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology

Mineral Properties part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Rachel Beane, Bowdoin College Course: Mineralogy 8 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity Students, in ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties

Isostatic Topography Calculation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Colin Shaw, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Course: Structural Geology 12-18 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity I do an ...

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

Interview a Faculty Member in Your Major part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Hogan, University of Missouri-Rolla Course: Structural Geology 60 to 70 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I have ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Career Information
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology

Sand & Rock Sample Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Katherine Lee, College of the Redwoods Course: Introductory Geology 25 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, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy, Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks

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

Rock Description part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Course: Historical Geology 15-30 students My historical geology course is focused on how geologists are able to "read the rocks" and thereby interpret ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks

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:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism

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