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WYTeach Contest

The WYTeach Contest will provide high-school 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 about the contest below or click the button to register!

 

 


 

Important Information

Dates

March 12, 2021: Registration and lesson plans are due for Round 1 WYTeach Qualifier. Download the Lesson Plan Teamplate and Rubric in the resources section below.

April 1st, 2021: Top 12 students will virtually compete in a game using Mursion for Round 2 WYTeach Trials.

April 2nd, 2021: Top 6 students will virtually present their lesson plans using Mursion in Round 3 WYTeach Finals. Download the CLASS Rubric in the resources section below to learn more about the criteria you will be judged on.

 

Who Can Participate

Any high school student interested in the education field.

 

Contest Format

The contest will take place entirely online. We will connect with students in their classrooms using a live videostream.

 

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 contest will take place virtually in your own high school facility.
  • 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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