Jessica Smay

Physical Science

San Jose City College

Workshop Leader, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Activities (6)

Flood Curves Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
This Lecture Tutorial worksheet guides students through thinking about the effects humans have on infiltration, and how that effects the duration and severity of floods. It is designed to be used in groups after a brief lecture introducing surface and ground water flow into a stream.

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Ocean Crust Ages Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
Students work on this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on ocean crust ages in groups during lecture. It directly confronts misconceptions students have about the patterns of ages of the ocean crust, and interpretations that can be made.

Earth's Surface Features part of Introductory Courses:Activities
This Lecture Tutorial is designed for students to work on in groups after the students have learned about basic surface features and how they relate to planets in general. The tutorial is designed to help students ...

Earth's Surface Features Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
This Lecture Tutorial worksheet is designed for students to work on in groups after the students have learned about basic surface features and how they relate to planets in general. The tutorial is designed to help students look at these simple features and realize that they are not independent features, but instead are related to the planet as a whole.

Rock Types on Other Planets Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
The design of this short Lecture Tutorial worksheet allows students to make predictions of what rock types they would expect to find on other planets. After a brief lecture, students work in groups to answer the questions to help them understand the conditions of formation for the three rock types.

The Function of Stegosaurus Plates Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
After a short lecture, groups of students complete this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on the different hypotheses of the function of Stegosaurus plates. The worksheet is designed so students examine different lines of evidence, and they must choose the best interpretation(s).

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: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: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 ...

Communities

Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Far Western Section, Geo2YC: The Two-Year College Division

Workshop Leader

Workshop Participant (12 workshops)