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All of My Faults Are Stress Related

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I’m heading home tomorrow, and I’ve finally got a little time to blog. Here’s quick summary of the sessions I went to on Sunday (the first day of the meeting). Detachment Dynamics: heat, deformation, and fluids in extensional systems: Where continental crust stretches apart, steep normal faults join at depth into detachment systems: shear zones…

Linkfest: structural geology

I’ve spent 15 hours in the classroom teaching in the past three days, and several more meeting with students to sort out schedules and brainstorm ideas for senior thesis projects. My brain is fried, but I’m going to try to share some interesting stuff I’ve run into: – Early this afternoon, I posted a frantic…

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…

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…