I teach both an honors section and a large lecture of introductory oceanography. Fundamental teaching principles
include frequent and varied assignments and a focus on regional issues. The link to this semester's course is on
my home page.
Resources for Other Oceanography Instructors
The educational literature is full of data and statistics on good learning experiences, and a traditional lecture
just doesn't cut it. So here you are, required to teach a large lecture when you might rather be working on your own
research. You don't get much career credit for it, but if you're reading this web page, you want to provide the
best learning experience possible. You may already have some powerpoint lectures assembled.
I feel this class has opened my eyes as an environmentalist to protect and make informed decisions on what tax money is spent where and how tourism positively affects the economy and sometimes negatively affects the sea creatures.
Pretending we are scientists trying to figure out ... the source of beach contamination, now that is cool. And I actually learned it, not so much memorized it. I think learning something is definitely easier when it hits closer to home
It seems like now anytime I hear someone ... speak about the ocean, I just want to jump in and explain everything I know.
I understand the ocean a little better now. It's a pretty much undiscovered part of the world, and hopefully one day I can contribute to discovering something new.
People need to care more about the environment, not just what we have right now, but what our children will have for the future, and their children as well. Beaches are places where everybody can go to relax; the sound of the waves, smell of salt, and beach life are things that make the beach so soothing. We need to protect these and keep them for future generations.