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Inclusivity Survey part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Megan Jones, North Hennepin Community College Course: Physical Geology 15-25 students I want to establish class norms that will foster an inclusive environment. I need to know what each particular group of students ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students, Classroom Climate
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience

Engaging Question part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class: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: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records

Rock Description part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class: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: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Eruption Prediction part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Bryan Oakley, Bryant University and University of Rhode Island Course: Physical Geology Lab 25 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology, Chemistry

Career Goals part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class: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: Motivate Students:Career Information, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Student Interests, Attitude Survey
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy

Turbulent Flows part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Evgeni Fedorovich, School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma Course: Atmospheric Turbulence 5 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Atmospheric circulation, Physics:Fluid Mechanics:Dynamics of Fluids

Earth is Our Spaceship part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Steven Semken, Arizona State University Course: Introduction to Geology I (Physical) 220 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity Before doing any lecturing, I ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars

Image Description & Interpretation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary Course: Earth History 18 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology

Water-Related Environmental Issues part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Donna Wolcott, North Carolina State University Course: Environmental Science-Water Issues 12-20 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Human Population, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management

Hydrogeology Jeopardy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Eric Peterson, Illinois State Univerisity Course: Introduction to Ground Water Modeling 6 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology


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