September 17, 2014

Learning science through reading, writing… and doodling

Learning science through reading, writing... and doodling

What do you do when you see a student doodling in class? Studies show that perhaps we should encourage this behavior.

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September 10, 2014

Bring the field to students with live webcams

Bring the field to students with live webcams

If you can’t get your students to the geology, bring the geology to your students via webcams.

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September 3, 2014

Heading out to sea as a NOAA Teacher at Sea

Heading out to sea as a NOAA Teacher at Sea

Ahoy! I’m heading out to sea with the NOAA Teacher at Sea program for a hydrographic survey and professional development opportunity.

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August 27, 2014

Getting students to read the syllabus with a Syllabus Quiz

Getting students to read the syllabus with a Syllabus Quiz

We spend much time writing a syllabus, including all the required information by our universities… and yet, we struggle getting the students to read our masterpiece! Perhaps a syllabus quiz can motivate our students to learn about our courses from Day 1.

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August 20, 2014

Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA

Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA

Are you going to require that your students post on a public blog this semester?  Will you be creating a Facebook page for your class and asking students to post on it?  Will you have students post selfies on Twitter with a course hashtag?  For those instructors that use social media with their students and courses, this could be the most important tweet you read all year:   Is your …

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August 13, 2014

Setting a technology policy for your classroom? Ask students for input

Setting a technology policy for your classroom? Ask students for input

Devising a policy on technology in the classroom? Ask your students, David Gooblar writes in @chroniclevitae. http://t.co/O2DBAMudN1 — Chronicle (@chronicle) January 23, 2014 For those of us heading back to the classroom this fall, we are thinking about what to do in our classes, and how to keep our students engaged during the 50 minutes we have them three times week – and by “engaged,” I mean keeping students connected …

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August 6, 2014

Graphic syllabus and outcomes map – new additions to your fall syllabus?

Graphic syllabus and outcomes map - new additions to your fall syllabus?

Graphic syllabus = a one-page diagram, flowchart, or concept map of the topical organization of a course. Outcomes map = a one-page flowchart of the sequence of student learning objectives and outcomes from the foundational through the mediating to the ultimate. –  Nilson (2007) Each semester, and for every course we teach, we are required to create a course syllabus.  Each of our institutions have some variations as to what …

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July 30, 2014

Backtrack to… fossils on the auction block

Backtrack to... fossils on the auction block

Every once in awhile, I come across something (a tweet, an email, etc.) that reminds me of an article I read or conference presentation I heard that I want to go back and revisit.  Recently, my memory was triggered by this press release from AGI: In 2006, a fossil collector and his crew discovered a rare fossil on private land in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation: the bones of two fully …

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July 23, 2014

Updating how we teach the process of science

Updating how we teach the process of science

This week, I’m with a group of in-service middle school teachers for a week-long workshop on climate science.  It is always inspiring to connect with K-12 teachers to see and hear about their passion for their classrooms and for teaching – and always frustrating to hear that they have to do so with so few resources that include outdated textbooks.  And in those outdated textbooks we will find the “scientific …

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July 16, 2014

Summer reading on teaching – and Teaching Naked

Summer reading on teaching - and Teaching Naked

“I firmly believe that if every teaching faculty member could carve out the time to read one or two great books on teaching and learning every year, we would collectively serve our students much better than we do already.”  –  James Lang (Top 10 Books on Teaching, June 11, 2014) I think it is safe to say that each of us are challenged to find time to read a book …

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