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Engaging Question part of Activities
Karl Wirth, Macalester College Course: Dynamic Earth and Global Change 20 students This activity serves a number of functions, including an introduction to the course, a learning prompt that can be revisited ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere

Resource Consumption part of Activities
Janis Treworgy, Principia College Course: Introductory Geology 17 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity As one means of ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

Learning Styles: VARK part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Learning styles vary greatly from individual to individual. There are several instruments available for measuring learning styles. The ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Learning Styles

Geoscience Concept Inventory part of Activities
Henrietta Laustsen, University of Colorado Course: Introduction to Physical Geology 185 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you figure out what topics to focus on in your teaching. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey

What Do Geologists Do? part of Activities
William Dunne, University of Tennessee Course: Dynamic Earth (Introduction to Physical Geology equivalent) 150 students Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information

Careers in Hydrogeology part of Activities
Rene Price, Florida International University Course: Introduction to Hydrogeology 5 students Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the geosciences. The Activity I ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information

Prior Knowledge, Landscape Photos part of Activities
Daniel Brownstein, Hastings High School Course: Advanced Geology 26 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have (theoretically) ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey

Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to real life can be very powerful. The Activity The semester immediately following the December, 2004 tsunami ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Student Interests
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes:Coastal Processes, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Environmental Science Gallery Walk part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Gallery Walks:Examples
Gallery walk activity that relies on students' prior knowledge of environmental issues as an introductory activity in a general education, large-lecture format environmental science class.

Rock Description part of Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Course: Historical Geology 15-30 students My historical geology course is focused on how geologists are able to "read the rocks" and thereby interpret ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic

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