- Cover sheet.
- Teacher's philosophy of teaching.
- Unit description.
- Letter of recommendation from colleague.
- Letter of recommendation from administrator.
Note: If any of these are missing, the application should not be accepted. If time permits, the chairman can contact the teacher to request the missing items.
- Three years full-time teaching experience.
- Teaches at least one unit per year on natural resources.
- Unit fits definition of natural resources as stated in application.
Note: If any of these requirements are not met, the application can be rejected.
Teaching should include:
- scientific study of resources.
- origin of resources.
- discovery of resources.
- extraction of resources.
- historic use and present use.
- conservation of resources.
- preservation of the environment.
- use of earth science knowledge in informed decision making.
- Letters of Recommendation (a good place to look for teacher-student relationship).
Philosophy of Teaching Natural Resources – Methods
- Student/Teacher relationship – student (good) or teacher centered.
- Labs/Hands-on Activities/ Field Observations.
- Application of skills.
- Data interpretation.
- Problem solving.
- Presentation of results.
- Use of inquiry approach (as per 1996 National Science Education Standards).
Unit Specifics – Content
- Origin of resources.
- Discovery of resource.
- Extraction of resource.
- Historic use and present use.
- Conservation of resources.
- Preservation of the environment.
- Use of earth science knowledge in informed decision making.
- Energy resources development (because AAPG's main focus is on energy resources development, subjects in this area should receive these extra points).
Unit in General
- Depth and breadth of concepts.
- Creativity of presentation (note- the material doesn't have to be innovative; we are looking for excellence in teaching the material).
- Balanced treatment of information regarding societal need and environmental issues.
- Clarity and accuracy of expression.
Overall Impression of Excellence in Teaching
- Since AAPG's main focus is on energy resources development, teachers who include subjects in this area should receive special consideration.
- In concert with the 1996 National Science Education Standards, a teacher's use of the inquiry approach in teaching should be given extra consideration.
- We deliberately have not set any required unit length. The information on length is to help judge the content, not be a hurdle.
Rev. August, 2018