Supporting Geoscience Student Success Through Active Learning, Metacognition, and GRIT

Texas 2016 Regional SAGE 2YC Workshop Program:

Friday, October 14, 2016

8:00 - 8:45 Registration and light breakfast

8:45 - 9:15 Introduction to workshop goals with introductions of leaders and participants

  • Leaders of workshop are part of SAGE 2YC. Our goals are:
    • Supporting academic success of all students in geoscience
    • Facilitating students' professional pathways (workforce, transfer)
    • Broadening participation in geoscience

Today's workshop will focus on the first goal.

9:15 - 9:45 Supporting Student Success: Getting the workshop started

  • Gallery walk: thinking about student success
    • What does student success mean for your institution?
    • What does student success mean for your geoscience program?
    • What does student success mean to you?

9:45 - 10:00 Break

10:00 - 12:30 Supporting student success in your teaching Supporting Student Success PPT (PowerPoint 2.6MB Oct17 16)

10:00 - 11:15 Part 1: Course design scenarios Course Design Scenarios (Microsoft Word 18kB Oct17 16)

    • Discussion of how to get our students beyond the first and second levels of Bloom's Taxonomy
11:15 - 12:30 Part 2: Active learning methods Active Learning Activities (Acrobat (PDF) 4.9MB Oct17 16)

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and Continuing Discussion

1:30 - 3:00 Teach Students How to Learn

1:30 - 2:15 Part 1: Metacognition

    • All students who are admitted to college have the ability to succeed in their courses. However, most do not have effective learning strategies, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This session will introduce faculty to cognitive science research-based learning strategies that will help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning. We will focus on ways to teach students simple, yet powerful learning strategies to ensure success in their courses.

2:15 - 3:00 Part 2: GRIT - Growth, Resilience, Instinct, and Tenacity

    • What is your GRIT score? Participants will learn what a GRIT score is and how it can help students succeed in their classes.
    • Strategies for using GRIT in classes

3:00 - 3:25 Wrap-up and Discussion What big ideas did you get from the workshop?

3:25 - 3:50 Action Plans How can you use what you learned to develop action plans for the next semester?

3:50 - 4:00 Workshop evaluation

Additional Resources:

Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges (SAGE 2YC)

The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (SERC)

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and NAGT Geo2YC Division