The driving theme of my teaching is to convey to students the importance of the inter-connection between the earth’s processes and human activities. My first goal is to provide them with a solid understanding of the earth’s physical processes. My second goal is to make them aware of the numerous environmental challenges we are facing as a society and what they can do about it.
I now create most of the assignments I use in my courses: they are tailored directly to the material we cover in class. We do not have formal lab times or lab courses in our department, but when appropriate, I set aside lecture time to run some experiments with the students (such as making waves in my oceans class), to go outside (to look at architecture, landscapes, weather etc.), or to examine rocks (in my Earth Crust class). They seem to enjoy it. I know I do.