This 5:40 minute video clip demonstrates a 45 minute end-of-term synthesis activity involving 100 second year students. The two short clips later on this page contain the complete introduction and summation as delivered to students by the instructor. These are excellent examples of setup and summation statements that book-end the activity.
Students start the activity in pairs, solving a skills-based mineral identification problem. Then they gather in groups of 5-12 students in order to summarize consistent properties of minerals in the group’s given mineral evolution stage, and to generate a poster characterizing their stage. The resulting posters are displayed after 45 minutes, and the instructor wraps up by referring to course goals and highlighting skills and knowledge that students have just demonstrated in this exciting, noisy, sophisticated learning activity.
The following 2:40 minute clip contains the complete introduction delivered by the instructor to the students before they begin.
This 2:16 minute clip contains the complete summation delivered by the instructor to the students after they completed the activity.
Guidelines for what to look for when viewing these video clips are being developed. Some of the resources used for deploying this exercise are provided in the menu to the left.