TET Internship Proposal
We would like to use a variety of learning tools to better teach the American Civil
War. We propose the use of WebCT, creation of a web quest and a video, and carefully
selected curriculum in order to enhance our students’ learning and in order to increase
their cognitive and metacognitive skills. We would also like to help our students
develop improved communication skills. We will use WebCT to monitor progress
throughout our proposed unit of study. Chris will be responsible for the creation of the
web quest, Marta will be responsible for the creation of the video, and they will work
collectively to utilize and create the background knowledge for the students. We
anticipate the project will require more than the required 120 hours from each of us. It
is our plan to be prepared to utilize this unit of study during this school year (near the
end of March). The location of our placement site is Memorial Middle School in Sioux
Falls where we both teach. The selection of the topic pertains to the subject area for
which we are responsible. The students for whom the unit is planned are eighth
graders in American History class.
Connections between the Internship and the TET Program
In creating this project where we will utilize many new technologies (WebCt, web
quests, video creation, PowerPoint presentations) that we have learned over the course
of the last few semesters, we will be making them a part of how we teach our students.
We will also be applying some theories based on metacognitive skills to allow students
to reflect on their thinking skills as well as learning new material about the history of
their country and meeting the State Standards. We will need to use reflective thought
processes in order to determine whether or not our unit was successful.
The knowledge we have gained in the use of different technologies such as
WebCT will allow us to teach our students how to effectively use this medium. The use
of the web quest will also allow students to continue to build on their knowledge.
WebCT will also allow our students to reflect on the knowledge they’ve gained and to
learn from one another in a constructivist manner.
The two of us will certainly be able to work collaboratively together because we
will work together in order to create the unit. We will need to attend a workshop
together in order to be able to use WebCT. Teaching the unit together and monitoring
the students’ discussion boards will allow us to consider the effectiveness of our lessons
and will allow us to change any entity that we feel in less valuable or is simply in need
of revision. We hope to be able to continue the use of this project in a cross-teacher,
cross-building manner in the years to come. Through the use of this plan, we also
hope to work with other teachers in other locations as we perfect it as well.
We will use our past experiences (web quests, PowerPoint lessons, use of
WebCT, using video creation software) in order to create a unit of the Civil War that
implements these technologies successfully. We will use continuous feedback as we
design the unit. We will include daily reflection as to whether or not students are using
cognitive and metacognitive thought processes as well as learning the material.
Throughout the process, we will make changes to improve instruction in the future.
Following the completion of this unit we will allow time to reflect as to whether or not
the technology was used effectively (material was taught properly and students truly
experienced chances to build on their metacognitive processes).
In collaboratively creating this project we will use the theories and technology
we have learned to self-direct our learning and that of our students. We will take a
leadership role in adding the chance to use WebCT for students within our district as
well as the opportunity to try a creative new way to teach the Civil War. Allowing the
students choice in the presentation of their final projects we will be allowing for
diversity within learning styles. Incorporating a wide variety of learning tools also
allows for diversity of learning styles. Great care will be taken to abide by copyright
laws while developing material for display within the unit.
In creating this unit of study we will create experience for our students in
integrating a variety of technologies as well as knowledge of the American Civil War.
We will gain experience in the effective integration of many of the different
technologies and learning styles that we have been exposed to in the TET program. So
that we can actually use and “test” the unit, we would like to have everything prepared
by March 20. This will allow us to reflect upon the unit as well as adjust or revise it as
necessary before final submission. We may find difficulties if for some reason we are
not able to make use of WebCT as we are, as of yet, untrained in utilizing its programs.
If that is the case, we will need to find a way to adjust that portion of our project.