Planning, preparing, and delivering effective instruction is the heart of the work of all educators. This competition challenges young educators to plan and deliver a lesson of their choosing to an actual classroom of students. Self-reflection following the lesson is an essential component of this competition; a clear-eyed evaluation of what you’ve done is the best way to learn and make wise choices in the future. This competition encourages Educators Rising members to try out teaching a lesson in the arts, which include visual art, music, dance, media arts, and drama.
The arts encourage creativity and self-expression, and are critical to individual identity and collective culture. Great teachers in these subjects are the linchpins to the flourishing of an enlightened democracy. For models of excellence, students are strongly encouraged to examine the videos and reflective commentaries of National Board Videos in the Get Inspired section of the EdRising Virtual Campus.
There are three components to this competition:
A written lesson plan: submitted and scored by judges prior to the national conference, but also brought by the contestant to the on-site competition;
A lesson delivery video: submitted and scored by judges prior to the national conference, but also brought by the contestant to the on-site competition [The video is NOT to be screened during the on-site presentation at the national conference; the time is reserved for an interactive reflection.]; and
A reflection between contestant and on- site judges at the national conference. This includes a student presenting his/her reflections about the lesson as well as an interactive Q&A exchange.
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