Center for Faculty Career Development
Center for Faculty Career Development

Through grants, workshops, seminars, publications, and formal and informal discussions, we hope to cultivate dialogue among our own faculty members and encourage association with faculty members at other academic institutions.

Workshops with Dr. Saundra McGuire:  Metacognition is the Key!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Workshop 1: 9 - 12 :30

Location:       Usdan 108; Lunch provided

Audience:      General Faculty

Title:              Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades:  Metacognition is the Key!

Description:  21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels.  Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning.  This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles, by engaging in interactive reflection activities to experience strategies that significantly improve learning.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Workshop 2: 1:00-4:00

Location:       ESC 509 (ITS CONFERENCE ROOM)

Audience:      STEM Faculty

Title:              Teach STEM Students How to Learn:  Metacognition is the Key!

Description:  All STEM students at Wesleyan have the ability to succeed in STEM courses.  However, most do not have effective learning strategies, and resort to memorizing information just before tests.  This session will focus on ways to teach STEM students simple, yet powerful learning strategies to ensure success in STEM courses.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Workshop 3: 7:00-8:15 PM

Location:     CFA Hall ******NEW LOCATION*******

Audience:      URM, Veterans, and First-Gen college undergraduate students

Title:              The Journey to Excellence

Description: Minority students in college often fail to reach their academic potential because of past experiences that have thwarted their motivation and drive to excel.  This interactive inspirational discussion presents the experiences of the speaker along her academic journey, which includes an award presented in the White House Oval Office.  Specific learning strategies are presented, and students are urged to commit to using the strategies to achieve their personal academic and career goals.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Workshop 4 9:00-11:00 AM 

Location:       Exley Science Center, Woodhead Lounge

Audience:      All Undergraduate Students

Title:                          Metacognition:  The Key to Acing Courses!

Description:  All students who are admitted to college have the ability to ace their courses.  However, most students did not acquire effective learning strategies in high school, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This strategy usually yields poor results, with students earning grades much lower than their ability.  This interactive workshop will introduce students to cognitive science based learning strategies that help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning, resulting in A’s in their courses!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

NSM Lunch    12:00 – 1:00

Location:       Exley Science Center, Woodhead Lounge

Audience:      Faculty

Title:              Using Metacognition to Catalyze Student Learning

Description: This pizza lunch and discussion will be a Q & A session for faculty to discuss winning approaches for teaching students and advisees these powerful learning strategies.

About the speaker and funding for these workshops: Dr. McGuire is a chemist and educator who has authored a student study guide, instructor¹s teaching guide, and problems solving guide and workbook, which accompanied four editions of a popular Introductory Chemistry textbook published by Pearson Education.  Additionally, she has published in The Journal of Chemical EducationAmerican ScientistScienceThe Learning Assistance ReviewTo Improve the Academy, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning.  Dr. McGuire¹s work is well respected by her academic colleagues and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  

Dr. McGuire’s visit and workshops are co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Career Development, the Department of Chemistry, and The Academic Deans. Additional funding comes from The Academic Career Network (Wesleyan University, Bard College, Dartmouth College, Hamilton College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Trinity College, Middlebury College, Skidmore College, Union College, Amherst College, Vassar College, Williams College, Smith College, UMASS, and Mount Holyoke College.)

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