How can I describe Earth and plate-tectonic processes?
Earthquake science can be daunting to teach, and how it is presented affects understanding. In this series of videos, analogies are used to clarify complex topics as we cover the fundamentals of plate tectonics and the basics of earthquakes.
The treatment of plate tectonics emphasizes how the distribution and properties of plates and the motions at different kinds of plate boundaries explain global-scale patterns of earthquakes and volcanoes. Themes of the introduction to earthquakes are the nature of seismic waves, the geographic, depth, and size distribution of earthquakes, and the interplay of forces, faults, and friction that account for where and when earthquakes occur.
These clips are taken from an educational workshop on earthquakes and plate tectonics for middle-school, Earth-science teachers in 2007. Dr. Robert Butler explains clearly and clears up misconceptions. How Earth science is presented affects understanding.