Please use this form to describe one of your classes that is particularly effective in preparing future geoscience teachers. See a finished example for more information (opens in a new window).
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(Please make sure that the title you enter will be meaningful to faculty at other institutions. For example, "GEO 240" is much less informative than "Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.")
"This is an upper-division required petrology course with prerequisites of introductory geology, mineralogy, and introductory chemistry. The course has a required four-hour laboratory and a required two-day field trip."
"This is an introductory course with no pre-requisites and does not serve as a prerequisite for other courses. Typically, 50% of the students take the course as pre-service elementary teachers, and 50% of the students take the course to satisfy a general education requirement. The course has an optional lab. Students who decide to major in geology must take a subsequent course in physical geology."
"This is a seminar-style, topical introductory course with no prerequisites. The course satisfies the pre-requisite for all intermediate level courses for a geology major. 25-30% of students who take the course go on to major in geology. The course is writing intensive and has a two-hour lab and required field trip."
"The Earth Science course focuses on Geology and also covers topics in Oceanography, Meteorology, and Planetary Geology and includes 4 to 6 field labs that model how scientists examine geologic outcrops. Students make observations and interpretations during field experiences and as the term progresses take on more independence. Students learn the process of field geologic observation and cover content in labs that includes learning to identify different types of rocks."
In the months and years after having finished a course, a student should be able to DO things in the discipline that he/she couldn't do before taking the course. Careful thought should go into what you want to enable your students to do, what value the course will add to their lives, and how the course will develop their skills and abilities. This is your opportunity to share the various goals that you have for your students. These goals range from content knowledge they should master, skills in which they should be proficient, as well as changes in attitude you wish to foster.
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