Strategies and Teaching Themes

Strategy: Infuse Sustainability

Teaching with sustainability topics can increase student engagement by establishing relevance, bridging course content to current topics in the news, and connecting course material to other disciplines. Explore:
  • Incorporation strategies

  • Key topics (Energy, food, water, etc)

Strategy: Incorporate Expert Ways of Thinking about Earth

A sustainable approach requires sophisticated ways of thinking about the Earth system. Geoscience can lend expertise about how to approach these complex issues. Explore:
  • Systems thinking

  • Geoscientific thinking

Strategy: Connect to the World We Live In

Help your students make connections between what they learn in the classroom and the real world, get involved in the community, and prepare students for the workforce with hands-on experience. Explore:
  • Service learning

  • Teaching in the field

  • Using the local environment

  • Using local data

  • Real world examples

Strategy: Build Interdisciplinary Connections

Complex socio-scientific issues require interdisciplinary approaches that give students practice integrating their scientific knowledge with societal constraints. Build connections with faculty that offer additional perspectives and expertise to strengthen your teaching. Explore:
  • Connections between faculty

  • Geoscience & engineering

  • Understanding perspectives

Strategy: Connect Justice to Sustainability

Issues of sustainability do not affect everyone on the planet in the same way. Give your students an ethical perspective on Earth and society. Explore:
  • Environmental Justice

  • Risk & Resilience

  • GeoEthics


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