So Rebel 1 inquired whether I was still dancing. What a question! Of course I am.
And to prove it here is a picture of me dancing with my childhood math teacher, Mrs. Scott (on right) and best friend (center), in Jamaica last December. Now Mrs. Scott has already celbrated her 80th birthday, loves to dance, and still teaches a host of students extra math lessons at her home on the patio every afternoon.
Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations, Cathy Manduca
UTIG Plates Project, Reconstructions, Movies: http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/plates/recons.htm#movies
Tanya Atwater's teaching animations (downloads):
Understanding surface Water and groundwater interactions at Barton Springs :http://txessrevolution.org/drupal/?q=forum/12
This study, New Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science, is relevant to the discussion that we had this morning. Please visit the link to see details.
It was my pleasure -that was one of the more enjoyable talks I've been able to give in awhile. I posted the video that I showed on our FTP site in case anyone wants to see it or use it in their classes: ftp://ftp.ig.utexas.edu/outgoing/jaming/
From Hilary, Figure 1: Solar influence on the movement of the Earth's global circulation patterns. (Source: PhysicalGeography.net)
And from Marsha ..... Frazil ice: Fascinating forest hazard.
Tamara Ledley, Summer Solstice Solar Radiation and the 100 KYR Ice Age Cycle and the Next Ice Age (attached).
Antarctic Voyage: Imaging Unseen Earth (movie)
IODP Expedition offshore Wilkes Land, Antarctica, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUTT_6dfBDk
IODP Expedition offshore Wilkes Land, Antarctica, Part 1:
This summer, we will be training our summer TXESS Revolution teachers on the implementation of the EarthLabs cryosphere modules. To prepare for this (most likely in 100 degree temperatures), we need to have a way of introducting particpants to the crysophere.
Please review the NASA video tour of the cryosphere (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/09/08/nasa-video-tour-of-the-cryosphere-...) and UTIG’s web site on the ice and ice covered lithosphere (http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/overview/ice.htm?PHPSESSID=04161f3eb3d...).
After you have visited these sites, and any others that you come across, please post your ideas about how we can introduce participants to the cryosphere . You have two weeks to log your comments before we will move on to the next topic. Discussion ends on Monday, April 12.
As a TXESS Revolution participant, you are expected to create an professional electronic portfolio on your blog space. The documents or information to be included are:
1. A resume/CV
2. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
3. Reflective essays documenting expectations at the outset of the TXESS Revolution program, progress and summary of achievements. At this point, there should be two essays (expectations and progress). You'll post the thrid, and final essay, at the end of the program in February.
4. One or two images or a short video clip of your teaching (DO NOT SHOW IMAGES OF YOUR STUDENTS).
5. A lesson that you developed for use in your classroom by adapting a TXESS Revolution activity.
6. A reflection on how your students received either the adpated lesson, or one that you created with your newfound knowledge about Earth and Space Science.
Currently, I am collaborating with Hilary Olson, Eleanour Snow and Marsha Willis to prepare in-service science teachers through the TXESS Revolution project, a five-year professional development program to teach geoscience from the Earth system science perspective. I use current pedagogical approaches designed to foster critical thinking and an understanding of the scientific process. My ultimate goal is to contribute to the creation of enthusiastic and informed Earth Science teachers who will be able to transfer their knowledge of our planet and its processes to their own students.
Posting for a Manager of Education Programs for the Galveston Bay Foundation?
Patterns of Weather is designed for middle school classrooms. It integrates the study of
atmosphere, weather and the water cycle with learning GLOBE Atmosphere research protocols.
Investigations allow immediate application of concepts learned in the classroom to events occurring
in everyday life, while students become part of a global community contributing to scientific
Patterns of Weather focuses on understanding the intersections of weather, the water cycle and climate.
Students identify factors that contribute to weather while learning how to measure their variations.
They examine the results of those interactions, identifying patterns that delineate climates and define
Go to the TXESSRev Modules menu item in the top right of this page, and you will find Kerry Cook's powerpoint from Thursday afternoon posted.
In addition, my activities for Friday on USING MICROFOSSILS TO UNDERSTAND PALEO-CLIMATE are posted (activity pages and powerpoint presentation).