In the Trenches - January 2016
Volume 6, Number 1
In This Issue
- Getting Your Feet Wet: Simulation Science and the Marine Sciences Curriculum - Richard (Rick) Schmidt, Upper Dublin High School
- Active Learning: Engaging Students in Marine Sediment Classification - Margaret E. Crowder, Western Kentucky University
- Planning Underway for Earth Educators Rendezvous 2016 in Madison
- Marine Sediments' Dirty Little Secret: Using Sediments to Study Human-altered Ecosystems - Debra Woodall, Daytona State College
- NAGT Awards and Scholarships Recognize Outstanding K-12 Earth Science Teachers, Fund Field Study for Undergraduates
- FAVORITE DEMONSTRATIONS: A Very Simple Experiment for Understanding Global Ocean Circulation - Mirjam Sophia Glessmer, Center for Teaching and Learning, Hamburg University of Technology
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Getting Your Feet Wet: Simulation Science and the Marine Sciences Curriculum
Richard (Rick) Schmidt, Upper Dublin High School
- Hoffman, M. & Barstow, D., 2007, Revolutionizing earth system science education for the 21st century: Cambridge, MA, Center for Earth and Space Science Education, TERC.
- National Ocean Service, 2011, How important is the ocean to our economy?: Washington, D.C.: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved from http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/oceaneconomy.html.
- Schmidt, R., 2013, Bridging the geoscience workforce gap: advanced high school geoscience programs (doctoral dissertation), Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
- Wilson, C., 2014, Status of the geoscience workforce 2014: Alexandria, VA, American Geosciences Institute.
Active Learning: Engaging Students in Marine Sediment Classification
Margaret E. Crowder, Western Kentucky University
- Freeman, S., Eddy, S.L., McDonough, M., Smith, M.K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., and Wenderoth, M.P., 2014, Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v. 111(23), p. 8410-8415.
- Henderson, C., and Dancy, M.H., 2007, Barriers to the use of research-based instructional strategies: The influence of both individual and situational characteristics: Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research, v. 3(2), 020102.
- McConnell, D.A., Steer, D.N., and Owens, K.D., 2003, Assessment and active learning strategies for introductory geology courses: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51(2), p. 205-216.
- Mitchell, M., 1993, Situational interest: Its multifaceted structure in the secondary school mathematics classroom: Journal of Educational Psychology, v. 85(3), p. 424-436.
- Rotgans, J.I., and Schmidt, H.G., 2011, Situational interest and academic achievement in the activelearning classroom: Learning and Instruction, v. 21(1), p. 58-67.
- Waldrop, M.M., 2015, Why we are teaching science wrong, and how to make it right: Nature, v. 523(7560), p. 272-274.
Marine Sediments' Dirty Little Secret: Using Sediments to Study Human-altered Ecosystems
Debra Woodall, Daytona State College
- Garland, E., "The Indian River Lagoon: An estuary of national significance," Palatka, Florida: St. Johns River Water Management District, http://www.sjrwmd.com/indianriverlagoon/. Last updated on December 23, 2015, accessed January 11, 2016.
- Thurman, H.V. & Trujillo, A.P. (2004). Introductory Oceanography (10th Edition), Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall.
NAGT Awards and Scholarships Recognize Outstanding K-12 Earth Science Teachers, Fund Field Study for Undergraduates
FAVORITE DEMONSTRATIONS: A Very Simple Experiment for Understanding Global Ocean Circulation
Mirjam Sophia Glessmer, Center for Teaching and Learning, Hamburg University of Technology
Oceans cover about 70% of the globe and have a major influence on all of Earth's systems. Oceanography offers a fascinating context to connect science with human dimensions through the study of current events and issues such as hazards, pollution, energy resources, and more. Dive into the resources available on Cutting Edge for exciting ways to incorporate oceanography and its multi-disciplinary facets into your classroom and laboratory.
Several resources about Oceanography are available from the SERC websites. This Stie Guide provides a list of project websites that provide visualizations, teaching activities, and tools that may be of use in the classroom or in lab.
Interactive Lecture Demonstrations engage students in activities that confront their prior understanding of a core concept. The activity can be a classroom experiment, a survey, a simulation or an analysis of secondary data.
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