In the Trenches - October 2016
Volume 6, Number 4
In This Issue
- Facilitating Spatial Thinking with Augmented Reality Sandboxes - Katherine Ryker, Eastern Michigan University; Karen McNeal, North Carolina State University; Rachel Atkins, North Carolina State University; Nicole LaDue, Northern Illinois University; and Christine Clark, Eastern Michigan University
- NAGT, GSA, CUR and JGE Education Division Awards for 2016
- Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards for 2016
- 330 Learn, Network at Earth Educators Rendezvous 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin - Laurel P. Goodell, Princeton University; David McConnell, North Carolina State University; and Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Katherine Ryker, Eastern Michigan University; Karen McNeal, North Carolina State University; Rachel Atkins, North Carolina State University; Nicole LaDue, Northern Illinois University; and Christine Clark, Eastern Michigan University
- Neil Miner Award - Reinhard "Bud" Wobus, Williams College
- Biggs Award - Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College
- GeoCUR Undergraduate Mentor Award - Wendy Bohrson, Central Washington University
- Dorothy Lalonde Stout Professional Development Grants - Argy Leyton (Montclair High School), Merralee Lightle (Bridge Academy West), Shannon Shurko (Pine Forest High School)
- JGE Outstanding Paper Award - Caitlin N. Callahan, Julie C. Libarkin, Carmen M. McCallum, and Christopher L. Atchison "Using the Lens of Social Capital to Understand Diversity in the Earth System Sciences Workforce"
- JGE Outstanding Reviewer Award - Julie Sexton, University of Northern Colorado
OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER (OEST) AWARDS are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of Earth science content with his or her students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. The OEST Awards program is designed to identify excellence in teaching, recognize and reward excellence in teaching, stimulate higher levels of teaching performance, establish NAGT as a strong support organization for pre-college education, and, via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of pre-college Earth science education.
Read all about the 2016 winners on the website: http://nagt.org/nagt/awards/oest/2016.html.
Laura Triplett, Gustavus Adolphus College
The Spatial Thinking Workbook project is focused on improving spatial skills in upper-division undergraduate geoscience courses. Specifically, the goal is to improve students' penetrative thinking skills (ability to imagine what the interior of an object looks like), using an intellectual framework from cognitive science and innovative teaching in the geological sciences.
The Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences project aimed to synthesize existing knowledge and articulate unanswered questions in critical areas of research on cognition and learning relevant to the Geosciences. One of the facets they explored was Spatial Thinking. Each of the areas they studied plays a central role in how human beings think about the Earth and learn to think about the Earth, and each poses substantial cognitive challenges. In addition, they sought to understand how geoscientists integrate these different types of learning in drawing inferences about the Earth.
The mission of the Earth & Mind blog is to facilitate discussion and discovery about how humans think and learn about the Earth and environment. Earth & Mind explores the intersection between Geosciences, Education and Cognitive Sciences. One of the prominent areas of interest for the blog is the interface of spatial thinking and the geosciences.
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