Mentored Teaching Project Artifact

Exam Project Example:

As decided in class, instead of the exams this semester, we are going to do “Exam Projects.” To be clear, these exam projects will replace your exams, but NOT the Global Learning Project. You still have to do those.

You will have three Exam Projects due on the original dates of the three exams. For each project, you will try something new and build on your previous project(s).

For Exam Project #1, I am giving you a further extension and the due date will be October 10 (Monday). In this project, we will focus on working on how to collaborate writing a paper and presenting it.

Now, here are the details for the Exam Project #1 (due October 10, 4 pm):

In this project, you are required to do three things:

1. Finding a partner or a team.

2. Co-write a 500-word paper.

3. Present the highlights of this paper in class as a team.

Part 1: Finding a partner/team

For all the three projects, you are required to work in the same team, because this will be an on-going work in progress. Therefore, you need to first find your team. I think it is appropriate to have a group of 2-3 people, not more or less. Your first task is to contact the people you wish to work with and ask one person from the team to email Rohit (mehtaro3@msu.edu) a list of people in your team. This team can be similar or different from your base groups. Each participant will be required to equally contribute to the project. Each person in the group will be awarded same points.

Part 2: Writing a Paper (60 points)

Each team will work on the following topic and write a 500-word paper proposing a resolution to one of the following topics. You will submit this paper in the dropbox for Exam Project 1. Each group member would have to submit a copy of their project paper to dropbox for Exam Project 1. Do not try to collaborate with other groups. No plagiarism will be tolerated.

Topic:

You are a school psychologist who has just been hired by a school in an urban district with racially and culturally diverse group of students, teachers, and staff. On your first day of work, you are facing a case of a student who is undergoing some behavioral challenges. This student is insubordinate and does not do well in exams or class assignments. When teachers offer help, the student talks back. Teachers speculate there is some problem at home, but do not know for sure. Your job is to get your student on track and provide chances to academically succeed. Use the readings we have done so far to come up with a short term and long term plan to help this student. Make necessary assumptions when needed. Do not speculate course-related information without evidence to support your claims.

Your paper should have at least these elements:

1. A description of the scenario

2. Your situational perspective. Where are you coming from, what are your biases.

3. An overview of the solution

4. Short-term actions to take

5. Long-term actions to be taken.

This paper needs to be saved as a Word document (.doc or .docx) in Times New Roman 12-pt Font, double-spaced. Share file in dropbox before October 10, 4pm.

Submit to dropbox: https://d2l.msu.edu/d2l/lms/dropbox/admin/mark/folder_submissions_users.d2l?db=184192&ou=395030 

You will be graded on the following rubric:

  Structure

Organization, spelling, etc. Connections between parts of the response are clear, logical, and function to answer the question. Your response is weakened by unnecessary information.

 

Content/Application

The information in your response is accurate and relevant to the question. Connections between concepts and examples are clear, accurate, and germane (relevant to the question) and demonstrate your understanding.

Maximum points possible 20 50
  Excellent (20) = information is exceptionally organized and conveyed, connections are exceptionally clear/logical, all mechanics are exceptional

Very Good (15-19) = information is organized very well, connections are very clear/logical, all mechanics are very well structured/applied

Good (10-14) = information is organized well, connections are clear/logical, all mechanics are well structured/applied

Fair (5-9) = information is somewhat organized, connections are somewhat clear/logical, most mechanics are well structured/applied

Poor (0-4) = information is minimally organized, connections are minimally clear/logical, few mechanics are structured/applied

Excellent (50) = information is accurate, your understanding is very clear. Connections between ideas are exceptional

Very Good (45-49) = information is accurate, your understanding is clear. Connections between ideas are very clear

Good (40-44) = information is accurate, your understanding is mostly clear, connections between ideas are somewhat clear

Fair (35-39) = information is somewhat accurate, your understanding is somewhat clear, connections between ideas are somewhat unclear

Poor (30-34) = information is minimally accurate, your understanding is minimally clear, connections between ideas are very unclear

Part 3: Presentation (30 points)

Finally, you need to formally present the highlights of your paper in class using a presentation format of your choice on October 10. Each team member is required to present and participate equally. We will decide presentation time based on the number of final groups.

You need to have the following components in your presentation:

1. Introduction to the problem

2. Your analysis of the challenges

3. Your overview of the solution

4. Short-term actions

5. Long-term actions

This presentation can be a Powerpoint or Google Presentation. Share the file or link to file in dropbox before October 10, 4 pm. 

Submit to dropbox: https://d2l.msu.edu/d2l/lms/dropbox/admin/mark/folder_submissions_users.d2l?db=184192&ou=395030 

You will be graded on the following rubric:

Excellent (30) = Each participant contributes to the presentation and speaks in a confident manner. The presentation is structured and covers all content with accuracy.

Very Good (25-29) = Each participant contributes but not equally. The presentation is decently structured and covers all content with decent accuracy.

Good (20-24) = Each participant contributes but not equally. The presentation is somewhat structured and covers most content with somewhat accuracy.

Fair (15-20) = Not all people participate. The presentation is somewhat structured and covers most content with few inaccuracies.

Poor (10-14) = Only one person talks. The presentation is not structured properly and covers content with inaccuracies.

PART 4: SOCIAL MEDIA EXCHANGE  (10 POINTS)

In class, you need to participate in social media exchange when other participants present their findings. You will use Twitter to send out 1 tweet of something you like about the project, and 1 tweet about something the participants can do to improve their project. You will use a hashtag that Rohit will share with you in class on the day of the presentations.