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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

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

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

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

Career Goals part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Mineralogy 25-35 students This survey of students' professional goals connects course topics to students' lives while also serving as an icebreaker. The ...

First Day Focus: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Student Interests, Motivate Students:Career Information, Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance

Geology & Daily Life part of Activities
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 ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Identify Pressing Environmental Issues part of Activities
Kathy Licht, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Course: Environmental Geology 70 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective motivational strategy. The Activity In ...

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

Is My House on an Abandoned Waste Site? part of Activities
Mark Noll, SUNY College at Brockport Course: Our Earth 85 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity I present the students with a scenario about buying a house ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Relevance
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

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