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Last month, another structural geologist came to town to check out possible sites for a future field class. While we were out looking at one of my favorite teaching sites, he commented that geologists seem unusually willing to share their secrets with one another. (We had met at one of the Cutting Edge workshops, where…

Jim Lehane at Dino Jim’s Musings has posted the call for the August Accretionary Wedge: Time to think OUT of the box: So your mission is this: “What out of the box ideas do you use to teach people about geology or geological concepts?” No need to limit yourself on ideas you have actively used.…

While I was teaching my reworked upper division gen ed class earlier this summer, I decided to use a discussion technique that I hadn’t used before: the gallery walk. It worked so well that I’m trying to figure out where else it might be useful. The idea behind the gallery walk is pretty simple: students…

Science’s online education prize

Science has an award for online education resources (cutely named “SPORE”), and they want nominations by June 30. Here are their criteria: Rules of Eligibility for SPORE-2009: * The project must focus on science education. * The resources described must be freely available on the Internet. * The project can be targeted to students or…

When I was designing my summer session class, I ran into a problem. If I really wanted my students to achieve the course goals, they would need to spend a lot of time on a computer. In a 3-times-a-week lecture course, I might expect them to do that work outside of class, but we were…

Teaching: in praise of rubrics

I spent last Friday grading for my five-week summer class. It took about nine hours*, which wasn’t that bad, considering that the main graded work consisted of papers. I like making students write. It lets me see their thought processes, and helps me differentiate between the students who can repeat what they’ve heard and the…

So you’re a fairly new professor, done with classes for the summer, ready to dive into research. And then you get your course evaluations back. What do you do? If the course evaluations were excellent, yay! You can walk around feeling good about yourself for a while, and then go back to the research. (Even…

I’m deep in class-by-class planning for the summer session class that I start teaching tomorrow. I’ve decided not to blog about the class once it starts, in part because I’m going to be encouraging the use of Internet sources, and I expect my students to run across the geoblogosphere and Science Blogs, and I don’t…

I should have finished designing the new version of my disasters class. I’ve been thinking about it forever. But then I was trying to get a paper written, and then I went to a conference, and then there were senior thesis presentations and end-of-semester grading and a six-year-old’s birthday, and, well… Yes, I am frantically…

It’s that time of year again. The plotter is out of paper and the students have new haircuts and clothes I’ve never seen. It must be time for senior thesis presentations. In about an hour and a half, the senior geology students will be giving 15-minute talks (the same length as at professional geology meetings)…