GOAL: Teachers will go outside with their students and share the JOY of Earth science with competence and confidence.
Competence means: teachers recognize patterns outside… patterns of landscape and patterns of Earth materials.
Competence means: teachers share their curiosity with their students.
Competence means: teachers inspire students’ curiosity.
Competence means: teachers anticipate connections between students’ curiosity and four Earth science core ideas: tectonics, Earth materials, role of water on Earth’s surface, and history of planet Earth.
Confidence comes from experience… and from having something to share. What’s there to share? the wonder that surrounds us outside.
Also… sometimes it helps to have a nifty tool… such as the plastic relief maps of the topography your students may recognize, and blocks that model the tectonics of Salt Lake Valley.