SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ROCKS!!: INSPIRING FUTURE GEOSCIENTISTS BY EMPOWERING TEACHERS
To generate the most accurate and effective teaching tools that would appeal to teachers and students, SJV Rocks!! employed expert Earth science teachers and college students who were recent graduates of the regional public school system and teamed them with professional geologists who served as content experts. The new teaching tools are tied to California Science Standards to clearly indicate how they fit in the curriculum, and also to California Language Arts and Mathematics standards to facilitate application to multiple educational goals.
After the expert teachers tested the new teaching tools in their own classrooms, the teams taught them to groups of teachers during a four-day workshop. In addition to the teaching tools and resources, workshop participants were provided with a field trip to experience the local geology and a summary of the abundant local geology jobs and their earning potential, and the school district science coordinator presented a wealth of assistance programs and resources available to help teachers enhance their classes’ science experiences.
Teaching tools are available at www.jsg.utexas.edu/sjvrocks, part of CSUB’s continuing collaboration with local schools.