EARTH SCIENCE EDUCATION – July 2016 – Summer workshop

FAQ  -- Frequently asked questions:

 

QUESTION: So, each workshop has 5 sessions?

REPLY: Yes and no… Pioneer Day means the third workshop (Geologic History of the Wasatch Front) has only four sessions. Note: you can attend the day’s session either in the morning or the afternoon.

 

QUESTION: Where do we meet?

REPLY: Every session meets at a different place, outside, in Salt Lake County. The second page of the filer lists the places. You’ll get hardcopy of the flier in class.

 

QUESTION: What happens if it rains, etc? How accessible is the class for diverse challenges?

REPLY: We cope when it rains. Sometimes that means we work in groups in participants’ vehicles. Yes the workshops are accessible. Please let the instructor know the circumstances. The greatest challenge can be the heat. Stay hydrated, wear sensible clothes, etc.

 

QUESTION: Is science ENDORSEMENT the same as A CREDIT toward endorsement?

Response: USOE OnTrack 34752 (WSU Geo5030) fulfills an “endorsement credit” meaning it leads toward science endorsement for Geology I, Geology II or Earth systems. There’s a difference.

 

QUESTION: How do I sign up for the credit toward endorsement?

REPLY: It takes two steps (in any order) to register for the 3-university credit option that fulfills an endorsement credit in Geology I, Geology II, or in Earth systems:

1.       Register through USOE On-Track ( OnTrack 34752) and

2.     Register for WSU Geo 5030. $40 fee in 2016. 

 

QUESTION: How do I register for WSU Geo 5030?

REPLY: register for WSU credit through:

https://continue.weber.edu/professional/teachertraining.aspx

"Add to cart" and pay with a credit card in a couple of clicks. Still a bargain at $40. Note: the deadline to register is the final day of the OnTrack 34752 workshop option (OnTrack 34752).

 

QUESTION: Can I take a workshop for both SUU and USOE credit?

REPLY: You have to decide which option for USOE credit and only get one of these types of credit:

1.       Recertification (attendance and the in-class assignments are required);

2.       USOE credit (attendance, complete the daily assignments, and only an outline of the final project);

3.       SUU credit (attendance, complete the daily assignments, complete the final project, and tie days’ activities to the science core)

4.       WSU credit (attendance for all three workshops, complete the daily assignments, complete the final project, and tie days’ activities to the science core)

 

QUESTION: Can I change my mind on type of credit?

REPLY: Yes and No.

YES… EXCEPT withdrawal from WSU commitment. The WSU credit that fulfills an endorsement credit is a significant commitment… three weeks of July, daily assignments including the final project, plus ties to the core.

YES– to change mind on USOE recertification / USOE credit / SUU credit. When you turn in  your homework packet, make it clear which credit you desire.

 

QUESTION: For the WSU endorsement credit, do I sign up for all three workshops individually?

REPLY: No. Sign up for USOE On Track 34752 (the bundled option) and register for WSU Geo 5030.

 

QUESTION: Again, pls remind me of the homework assignments and expectations.

REPLY: Of course.

For USOE recertification: – Attend workshop sessions either in the morning or afternoon. It’s Okay to mix and match afternoon and mornings, meaning, come some mornings and other days come afternoons. Complete the in-class assignments and turn them in at the end of the workshop.

For USOE 1 credit (15.5 hours) – Attend workshop sessions either in the morning or afternoon or mix and match afternoons and mornings. Complete in-class assignments. Complete daily homework assignments. Outline the final project.

For SUU 1 university credit hour: Attend workshop sessions either in the morning or afternoon or mix and match afternoons and mornings. Complete in-class assignments. Complete daily homework assignments. Complete the final project and ties to science core.

For WSU 3 university credits AND fulfills an endorsement credit:  Attend the sessions of the three workshops either in the morning or afternoon or mix and match afternoons and mornings. Complete in-class assignments. Complete daily homework assignments. Complete the final project and ties to science core.

 

QUESTION: I have to miss a session of one of the workshops. Is that Okay?

REPLY: Not okay to miss the first or second session of a workshop. No exceptions. Yes, the workshops are taught each summer but… OnTrack 34750 (the bundled 3 workshops) have to be taken in one summer.

Depending on circumstances, missing the final session of a workshop can be okay.

LOGIC: Each session of a workshop is 20% of the course and the first session is the most important.

Yes, I teach this workshop every summer. Also note, each session is taught in the morning and in the afternoon. It’s okay to come some mornings and other afternoons. I know it is really really difficult to free up an entire week, or two or three of mornings for this workshop.

If you take a workshop in 2016 for SUU credit, for example, Rocks and Minerals, you can receive SUU credit in 2016. In 2017 you might want the WSU option, and then you take all three workshops, meaning, you’d repeat Rocks and Minerals in order to fulfill the endorsement credit.

 

QUESTION: If I take just one workshop, for example the one about Geologic History of the Wasatch Front July 26-29, 2016 can I take just that for one SUU college credit? 

REPLY: Yes.

Yes… a teacher may take any of the three workshops for a single SUU university credit

Sign up on OnTrack. I think there’s an option to check for university credit

Don’t, please don’t, do anything more about SUU until the workshop. Then…follow the instructions at this LINK

AND… for your information, OnTrack  does not track university credits, so be sure to find and download the SUU “unofficial transcript” with evidence you’ve taken the course and received credit. (Give me until September 1 to post the grades, etc.)