Why Can't We Do That?

Adapting our teaching to improve learning in all classes

April 3, 2017 11:00-12:20

Smithtown Science Building, room 211

The Workshop:

In this session we will build on the concepts discussed during the fall workshop with specific attention to exam wrappers and the development of our students metacognitive abilities. During this session participants will first evaluate the issues affecting students abilities to succeed within their classes, the basic qualities of first year community college students, and the expectations faculty have for students entering their classes. Building on this discussion faculty will then learn specific strategies that can be easily incorporated into their classroom presentation to increase student participation and success within their courses. All faculty are welcomed and attendance at previous workshops not necessary.


  • To continue building a regional network of 2YC geoscience faculty and others who support the SAGE 2YC project goals:
    • support the academic success of all students;
    • promote professional pathways of students into geoscience; and
    • broaden participation in the geosciences.


To better prepare you for the workshop, please take some time to review the presentations given. While you review them, think about how you can apply them to your teaching, or to develop methods to better help students succeed.

1. Teach Students HOW to Learn: Metacognition is the Key, Saundra Yancy McGuire: metacognition McGuire.pptx

2. Active Learning Methods: Active Learning Methods

3: Geoscience Mindset: Broaden Participation in the Geosciences, Saundra Yancy McGuire: Geoscience Mindset: Broaden Participation in the Geosciences: Change Mindsets and Close the Achievement Gap

4: Supporting and Facilitating Student Transfer, Saundra Yancy McGuire: Facilitating Professional Pathways

5: Improving Reading and Writing in the Sciences, Nellie Sta Maria and Joe Vollaro: Understanding the Mind to Improve Reading and Writing in the Sciences


Please complete the Event Evaluation form at the end of the workshop.

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