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WYTeach Contest

The WYTeach Contest will provide students who are interested in a career in education the opportunity to practice and test their professional skills. We will utilize Mursion virtual reality simulations to recreate the classroom environment and replicate a real-world teaching experience as closely as possible. The top three participants will be awarded a scholarship to UW or a Wyoming community college.

This contest is developed and presented by the University of Wyoming College of Education and the UW Trustees Education Initiative (TEI). Learn more below, or click the buttons to register or sign up to receive emails about future WYTeach competitions!

 


High School WYTeach Competition

 

Interest List

 

Dates
The dates for the 2022 High School WYTeach Competition have not yet been announced. Please sign-up for out interest list to receive updates about the competition.

Who Can Participate
Any high school student interested in the education field.

College WYTeach Competition

 

Register

 

Dates

  • September 25, 2021 - Lesson plans due
  • October 1, 2021 - WYTeach Trials participants announced
  • October 6, 2021 - WYTeach Trials (virtual)
  • October 8, 2021 - WYTeach finalists announced
  • October 15, 2021 - WYTeach Finals (UW Campus or virtual)

Who Can Participate
Any Wyoming college student who is a freshman or sophomore and interested in the education field.


Important Information

Contest Format

The contest will take place online with the option to present in person on the UW Campus during the finals. We will connect with students in their classrooms using a live videostream for virtual components.

 

Contest Rules

  • All materials, including lesson plans and instructional materials will be the result of each participant’s own efforts.
  • Dress professionally according to your content and grade level.
  • Schools may be represented by more than one participant
  • Three to five trained observers will be selected to judge the teaching simulation. Lesson plans will be judged by UW College of Education faculty. The gamification round will be judged based on student scores.
  • All materials must be adaptable for a virtual platform
  • Any participant in possession of any electronic device during the competition not necessary for the event is subject to disqualification.

Event Format

  • This year’s contest theme will be: Everyday Heroes
  • The initial rounds of the contest will take place virtually in your home or campus with an option to present in-person during the final round.
  • The event may be streamed live and/or include a live audience via video-teleconference webinar platform.
  • The contest includes 3 rounds:
    • Preliminary Round: Lesson Plan
    • Semi-Final Round: Top 12 selected for Mursion Game
    • Final Round: Top 6 selected for Teaching Segment

Judging

Judges for the competition will include faculty from the UW College of Education and Wyoming community colleges in addition to UW students from our teacher preparation programs.

 

Prizes

The top three (3) finalists will recieve scholarships to UW or a Wyoming community college.

 

Resources

Click the links below to download templates and rubrics that will help you prepare for the contest.

Questions

Please email Lindsey Freeman (lfreema5@uwyo.edu) or Colby Gull (Colby.Gull@uwyo.edu) with any questions.


 

What is Mursion?

Watch this video to see agriculture education students at UW use Mursion virtual reality software to gain additional experience leading a classroom. These students were presenting a lesson on tool safety and this video might provide you with some insight as to how you will present your lesson for the WYTeach Contest.

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