Jessica Smay

Physical Science

San Jose City College

Workshop Leader, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Activities (7)

Online Discussion Prompts for Introductory Geology part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This set of 17 online discussion prompts are designed to encourage students to apply, explore, and reflect on course topics. Some are content-specific (e.g. investigate misconceptions about a certain topic or take ...

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Course (1)

Physical Geology part of Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is a physical geology course covering basic geological principles emphasizing how plate tectonics has shaped the face of Earth. The course is lecture based, and includes several different types of ...

Essay (1)

Writing research-supported learning material for introductory geosciences part of SAGE 2YC:Workshops:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
Jessica J Smay, San Jose City College Download this essay (Acrobat (PDF) 8kB Jun13 13) Writing a Lecture Tutorial Workbook: Lecture Tutorials are 1 to 3 page worksheets that use different questioning approaches, ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Essential terms for introductory students: Do textbooks provide the answer? part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Geologic terms create a common language for communicating geoscience concepts, but introductory students can learn only a limited number of these terms. To determine if there is consistency in which terms are ...

Other Contributions (3)

Teaching Introductory Geoscience with Data and Math in a Societal Context Using GETSI Modules part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Morning Workshops:Teaching Introductory Geoscience with Data and Math in a Societal Context
Integrating cutting edge data and quantitative skills into introductory courses can be challenging. The GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project has developed a suite of undergraduate teaching modules to ...

Jessica J. Smay: Using Measuring the Earth with GPS in Physical Geology lab at San Jose City College part of Measuring the Earth with GPS
The module was used primarily in my lab course, but the powerpoint material was covered in the lecture or at home as homework. The lab is optional; this semester all of the lab students were also enrolled in the lecture, so I was able to include the background learning in the lecture and the group activities as part of the lab. Unfortunately, this semester I had a high attrition rate, and ended the semester with 9 students. These 9 students were strong students, and they really bonded as they worked through these activities.

Using Lecture Tutorials to Make Classes More Student-centered part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Roundtable Discussions
Lecture Tutorials are a method to increase student engagement in introductory geoscience courses. They are easy-to-implement worksheets focusing on misconceptions and difficult topics that students complete in ...