I’m not going to post my work for Part 2 of the application like I did for Part 1, because this is a competitive process, and there is still almost two weeks left to submit. This step, unlike part 1, required much more than just typing answers to a few questions.
First, I had to design a PowerPoint presentation, LearnZillion style, to teach some lesson of your choosing. I chose to teach a Geometry standard that LZ currently is lacking in its lesson portfolio. There are a lot of restrictions to the formatting (font face, font size, colors, original graphics only, and others), but I’m hoping I did enough to separate myself from the pack. I use Office 2013 on my home computer, and not having used PP in so long, I came away really impressed with how far the image creation tools have come since the beginning.
Next, I had to record a screencast of myself teaching the Core Lesson of the presentation. That was a neat experience, but again, it has to be completely in the LZ mold. The weird part about that is the teacher has no ability (at least to my knowledge) to use a graphics tablet and pen to actually *show* the math happening. The text and images on the slides need to do that for you. I’m hoping my design didn’t make that too awkward. And I’m hoping my teaching style and tone of voice carry over acceptably.
Third, I had to give a critique of a fictional teacher’s learning task. This was the easiest part for me, and I think my response was pretty strong. I’m sorry I can’t give out a lot of details here, because I really think this was the one area when content and curricular knowledge was really displayed, and I want to keep my answer completely unique to me.
The last part was to make a 1-2 minute personal video to give the reviewers a face and personality to put with the digital works. I practiced a few times before I did the recording, but I think it came off only semi-rehearsed. They better not judge me too hard on that part.
Anyways, I’m not supposed to find anything out until mid-April, which seems like so long from today. I went Google hunting to try to find out an approximate number of applicants, and I learned last year over 3,000 teachers applied. Yeesh. Assuming even more apply this year, I know better than to get too hopeful, but you never know, right? I can dream.