Urban Students and Urban Issues: Resources for Teaching Geoscience
Resources for Teaching
- Assignments and activities that have been developed for teaching urban students and urban issues. This collection was started with contributions from the participants of the 2008 workshop. We hope that you will submit an activity/assignment to the Teach the Earth collection!
- Creative ideas that could be developed into effective assignments and activities. Workshop participants brainstormed ideas and provided outlines of what could be done with these ideas.
- Over 70 websites with resources to help you teach urban students
- Goals and syllabi for nearly 100 geoscience courses in a variety of topics. To add your course to this collection, go to the Teach the Earth course description submission form.
Designing Effective Courses
Are you looking for creative ideas for designing or revising a course? Does your course need a little tree-shaking? Check out the Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial.
Creating Effective Assignments and Activities
On the Cutting Edge has developed an activity review rubric (Microsoft Word PRIVATE FILE 48kB Mar14 08) for evaluating the effectiveness of assignments and activities. This rubric provides a useful framework for revising assignments to promote student learning.
Safety for Off-Campus Trips
Many faculty who teach in urban environments find ways of giving their students experiences outside the classroom. Safety and security issues are as important for these kinds of trips as they are for "van-to-the-outcrop" trips, even if the trip is by subway to a local museum. As part of the resources from one of our other workshops, we have a page on field safety that includes a short rationale for adopting policies to address the issue of the risks inherent in taking students off campus, plus several sample forms for field trip policies and procedures (including one patterned after the OSHA health and safety forms used by consulting firms).
Workshops for Faculty
In March, 2008, we offered a workshop on Urban Students, Urban Issues: Opportunities and Challenges for Teaching Geoscience. The workshop took place in New York at the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment and the American Museum of Natural History. The photo below right shows the happy participants on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.