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October 2014 - The Power of Place in Geoscience Education

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July 2014 - Looking at Earth Science from a New Perspective

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April 2014 - Earth Science Standards for the Next Generation

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a progressive set of K-12 practice-based performance expectations that put Earth and space science on an equal footing with life and physical sciences. They pose opportunities and challenges that geoscience educators at all levels should embrace. [reuse info]
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January 2014 - Training Your Students' Eyes on the Skies: Teaching about Weather

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To examine moisture transport from the Pacific Ocean within the marine boundary layer along the central Oregon coast, students in Neil Laird’s class flew instrumented kites at the South Jetty County Beach near Florence, Oregon. Temperature and humidity were recorded every few seconds as kites rose to heights of nearly 200 meters.[creative commons]
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October 2013 - Tablet Tricks: Ways to Carry the Field Back to the Classroom

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Students at Principia College use iPads to photograph an outcrop and discuss correlations. [creative commons]
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July 2013 - Teaching Resources to Jazz Up Your Classes

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Survey technician measures snowpack in Minnesota, data used to help determine the flood forecast before the spring melt. [creative commons]
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April 2013 - Teaching Pre-Service Teachers About Earth Science

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Teaching assistant helps first-year students read and interpret coastal topographic maps on Chesapeake Bay.[creative commons]
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January 2013 - Teaching Teachers Via Research, Publishing, and Inquiry-Driven Exploration

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Anna Downey, co-author of one of this issue’s articles on teaching teachers, examines contact between igneous units on Tenpound Island, Maine. [creative commons]
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October 2012 - Lab Activities to Engage Active Learners

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July 2012 - Karst: Connecting with Student in their Backyards

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April 2012 - By the Numbers: Improving Quantitative Literacy

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January 2012 - Thinking About Thinking, Learning, and Teaching

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Cover image from the January 2012 issue of In the Trenches, Vol 2, N 1. On the Cover: Students make Play-Doh models of folded sedimentary rocks to understand geologic structures and better visualize their map patterns. [reuse info]
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Cindy Shellito (University of Northern Colorado), Editor
Dexter Perkins (University of North Dakota)
Nancy Ashmore, Managing Editor

In the Trenches is a full color, 16-page hard copy publication, designed to provide a forum for geosciences education dialogue targeting educators in the classroom. It provides a venue for contributors to inform NAGT members about their best teaching ideas, resources or other special topics relevant to our profession that do not lend themselves to more research-focused journals. The idea is to provide a more informal outlet for ideas and experiences that can inform the larger community.

While the overall format varies from issue-to-issue, each volume includes a variety of articles, columns and reviews. Each edition includes a color cover photo highlighting an education experience, resource or situation. Every issue has a short lead article (around 2000 words) that is reviewed by the editor and one or more members of the Executive Committee. That lead article will be on a topic of broad interest to a major segment of our membership. In the Trenches also includes several sidebar columns. Some sidebars span several issues, others stand alone. Examples include classroom-ready K-12 resources, teaching in large classes, using research data in the classroom or assessment strategies. Book reviews, descriptions of geosciences educations software or datasets, biographies of leading geoscientists or other general interest materials are also welcome. Other short items include descriptions of active-learning lab activities with links to the resources needed or more lighthearted material such as classroom quips or member musings. When possible, we include news bits that highlight upcoming events in regional sections, NAGT business items, networking and mentoring opportunities or advertising relevant to teachers in the classroom. Our goal is to provide a useful, but more casual resource that serves your needs and becomes a favorite publication on your routine reading list.

To supplement the print publication, each issue of In the Trenches will have a webpage where links from the issue can be accessed and additional information will be posted relating to the theme of the issue. Additional web resources and news items will also be publicized via this webpage. Members wishing to contribute ideas for content can use the Content Suggestion form to submit their ideas to the editors.

Information on advertising is available on the In The Trenches Advertising page.




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