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Connect to the World We Live In

Building connections between academic learning and examples, experiences, and issues from beyond the ivory tower can increase students interest in a topic and help them transfer this learning to real life situations in their professional and personal lives. A spectrum of approaches can be used from simply using real examples to contextualize concepts to the more complicated use of service learning projects to allow practicing skills and applying knowledge in the local community.

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Teaching Strategies and Example Classroom Activities

Unit 1: Introduction to Modeling Dynamic Systems
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College; Louisa Bradtmiller, Macalester College; David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Unit 1: Use of Lead in the Environment and Health Impacts on Human Populations
Katrina Korfmacher (University of Rochester), Richard Gragg (Florida A&M University), Martha Richmond (Suffolk University), and Caryl Waggett (Allegheny College)

Unit 1: Foundational Concepts
Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University; Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York; Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Unit 2: Application of Concepts to Case Studies
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University; Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York

Unit 3: Culmination of Module in Town Hall Meeting
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York; Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University

Unit 4: Oceans In Peril: Pressures on Ocean Ecosystems
MICHELLE KINZEL, Southwestern College; Astrid Schnetzer, North Carolina State University; Cara Thompson, Arizona State University at the West Campus

Unit 1: Ocean Introduction
MICHELLE KINZEL, Southwestern College; Astrid Schnetzer, North Carolina State University; Cara Thompson, Arizona State University at the West Campus

Unit 5: Balancing the Radiation Budget: A Jigsaw Exploration of the Global Climate System (Part 2)
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University; Bob Mackay, Clark College; Allison Dunn, Worcester State University

Unit 5: Circulation in the atmosphere - a map and cross section based jigsaw
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University; Allison Dunn, Worcester State University; Bob Mackay, Clark College

Unit 1: Introduction to Systems Thinking – What is a System?
Karl Kreutz, University of Maine; Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Deborah Gross, Carleton College

Unit 2: Picturing Complexity
Deborah Gross, Carleton College; Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Karl Kreutz, University of Maine

Unit 2: The Carbon Cycle
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

Unit 4: Women and Water
Jill Schneiderman, Vassar College; Meg Stewart, American Geophysical Union

Unit 1: Introduction to Environmental Justice
Jill Schneiderman, Vassar College; Meg Stewart, American Geophysical Union

Unit 2: The Hydrologic Cycle and Freshwater Resources
Adriana Perez, University of Texas at El Paso, The; Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College

Unit 6 Hazards and Risk at Convergent Plate Boundaries (Day 2 of activity)
Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico; Peter Selkin, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus; Laurel Goodell, Princeton University

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