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Geology & Daily Life

This material was originally created for On the Cutting Edge: Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.

Tracy Gregg, University at Buffalo
Course: Evolution of Earth and the Solar System
80 students
Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning.

The Activity

I ask students to work in small groups to think of things they did that day that had NOTHING to do with geology. Then we come together as a class and discuss. The point is for them to learn that geology affects every aspect of their life.