Workshop Program

Note: This workshop has already taken place. Presentations and workshop materials are linked in the program below.

Bateman Physical Sciences on ASU Tempe campus
Bateman Physical Sciences building at ASU-Tempe. Photo by Nikki Cassis. (Look for the big permineralized ("petrified") Araucarioxylon arizonicum tree trunk—Arizona's state fossil!—just outside the main building entrance on the south side.)

Sunday, February 26

5:00-6:00 Reception and Icebreaker at the Dietz Museum in Bateman Physical Sciences F-Wing (PSF on campus maps)

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-7:30 Disciplinary perspectives panel: What do we want our students to understand about time? Why is that important?

Notes from these talks in the private participant workspace

7:30-8:30 Roundtable discussions and synthesis

Monday, February 27

Placing Events in Time: Timelines, Relative Dating, Numerical Dating
at the ASU Memorial Union (MU on campus maps)

8:45-9:00 Opening remarks

9:00-10:00 Computer-supported share fair: What we do

10:00-11:30 Invited talks: Placing events in time

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Discussion: Challenges and solutions for placing events in time

See notes from each group in the workspace:
  • Group 1: Joann, Pam, Ilyse, Sarah G., and Margaret
  • Group 2: Pete, Maya, Noah, Gina, and Marguerite
  • Group 3: Erika, Roger, Cara, Susan, and Karen
  • Group 4: Francis, Kevin, John C., Kathy and Maria
  • Group 5: Gwen, Mark, Erica, May, and John W.
  • Group 6: Jessica, Phil, Brett, and Rebecca

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:15 Individual reflection time

Rates and Durations: Deep Time, Short Time, Lengths of Times, Rates, Changes in Rates

2:15-3:30 Invited talks: Rates and durations

3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-4:45 Concurrent small group sessions:

4:45-5:45 Small group/whole group discussions on teaching about time

  • Individual reflection on key insights and big challenges
  • Table discussion of insights and challenges

5:45-6:15 Plan for tomorrow - set up working groups

Ideas for working groups:
  • Teaching geochronology/radiometric dating
  • How to estimate time
  • learning goals
  • teaching time with analogies
  • pre-course assessment
  • motivating students

6:15-6:30 Personal reflection; road check

Dinner on your own (We are hoping you will form small groups and not eat alone--we'll have recommendations for restaurants)

Tuesday, February 28

8:45-9:15 Opening remarks; establish working groups

9:15-11:30 Working group time

11:30-12:15 Reconvene and shuffle groups for feedback

12:15-1:30 Lunch - with possible worktime

EarthTime project description (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 579kB Mar2 12) - Mark Schmitz

1:30-3:00 Working group time

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:00 Working group reports

4:00-4:45 Discuss synthesis report in the private participant workspace

4:45-6:00 Next steps, concluding remarks, and workshop evaluation

6:30 Dinner at Z'Tejas