Charles Butt Scholarship Finalist Information

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Congratulations to the finalists for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers!

The final steps in the selection process are to submit a recorded demonstration lesson and participate in a virtual interview day via Zoom.

You will receive information about how to sign up for your interview time and the deadline to submit your demonstration lesson via email. Please be sure to open any emails you receive from Raise Your Hand Texas. Emails may come from [email protected] or [email protected]

Information about the demonstration lesson, interview day activities, and how to prepare, is provided below. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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Demonstration Lesson

Submit a Recorded Demonstration Lesson

All finalists must record and submit a demonstration lesson by the deadline provided in their email. The goal of the demonstration lesson is to display your potential as a future educator through a video of you teaching. The recording should include a short introduction and a 5-minute lesson. Please read ALL of the instructions below.

Preparing your Demo Lesson

Through the demonstration lesson, panelists will assess: 

  • Oral communication: how clearly and effectively you are able to communicate the objective of your lesson
  • Content knowledge: familiarity with lesson topic
  • Pacing: how well you manage your time
  • Student engagement: how engaging this lesson would be for students

Please keep the following in mind:

  • When choosing a topic to teach, choose something you feel you can fully teach within the time limit. The lesson can be for any subject in grade levels Pre-K – 12. Digital presentations (i.e. Powerpoint or Prezi) are not allowed. You can create and use posters and charts or use a white or chalk board.
  • You should deliver your lesson as if you are teaching a classroom of students. You can pretend the students are there, or invite other people to act as your students. Inviting others to act as your students is not required and will not give you an advantage. If you choose to invite people to participate as your students, please adhere to CDC social distancing and mask guidelines.
  • If you include handouts or manipulatives in your lesson, you should upload these documents and/or photos of the manipulatives in Survey Monkey (the application platform). Name the file(s) the same way you refer to them in the video and include your first and last name. For example, if you mention “Handout 1” in the recording, please label the uploaded document “Your First Name & Last Name Handout 1”.
  • Find a quiet place where you will feel comfortable presenting. Be sure we can see your face, not just the materials you are presenting. We encourage you to stand, if able; present as if you are in a classroom. 
  • Depending on your year in school, you may or may not have started your education classes. We will take this into account when evaluating your lesson. 
  • If you are planning to become a bilingual teacher, you can do your demonstration lesson in Spanish.

A good demonstration lesson will teach your students a quick piece of knowledge or skill. If you are having difficulty getting started, feel free to search the internet for examples, but please be sure your demonstration lesson is your own original work.

How to Record

There are several ways you can record and upload your demonstration lesson. Please review the options below and select the one that is easiest for you. The maximum file size you can upload is 1GB/1000 MB.

Submission Options

YouTube

  • Record your demonstration lesson using any of Youtube’s supported file formats which can be found here.
  • Create a free Youtube account, if you don’t already have one.
  • Upload your video to Youtube, click “unlisted” so the video is only viewable by those with a link.
  • Click on “Where” to see the link to your video.
  • Copy and paste the full, unshortened link to Survey Monkey. The shortened URL will not work.

Zoom

  • Download the free Zoom app here. It is available for your computer, phone, or tablet. 
  • Record your demonstration lesson on Zoom. Be sure to hit the record button. When you click record, you will be given an option of where to save it, either the cloud or your computer. 
  • After you end the meeting, the recording will save to either the cloud or your computer.
  • Upload the mp4 file to Survey Monkey.

Record on an Android device

  • Record your lesson and submit the mp4 file. 
  • Horizontal/landscape video is preferred. 

Do not use the following:

  • iPhone recording: iPhone records as an MOV file which cannot be submitted. Recording on an iPhone will only work if you upload the MOV file to Youtube and submit the link (see above). 
  • Google Drive: You cannot copy and paste a Google Drive link into Survey Monkey.
  • MOV file: MOV files cannot be submitted, unless you plan to upload to Youtube and submit the link. 
  • If you record your demonstration lesson in a file format that is not mp4, you must first upload to YouTube before submitting. Survey Monkey only supports mp4 files or YouTube links. 

Recording

Begin your video with the following introductory information. 

  1.  Your name
  2.  University or universities you’re applying through
  3. Your year in school (ex: freshman, sophomore, Master’s, etc.) 
  4. What you will be teaching (include subject area and grade level) 

Your 5 minutes can officially begin after the introduction. Please keep your responses to the introduction questions brief. 

Please submit one continuous take of your demonstration lesson. Do not edit out parts or use a video editing software to alter the video.

Submitting your Demonstration Lesson

Log in to Survey Monkey (the application platform) using the same account information you used to submit your application. Click the demonstration lesson task. Email [email protected] if the demonstration lesson task is not listed. 

Upload your mp4 file or paste your Youtube link. Upload any documents or photos that go along with your lesson. 

You must submit your recorded demonstration lesson to Survey Monkey by the deadline provided in your email. 

Virtual Interview Day

Icebreaker Activity

You will participate in an icebreaker activity with other Charles Butt Scholarship finalists and the interview panelists. No preparation needed.

Classroom Scenario Activity

You and your fellow finalists will participate in a small group activity. You will be provided a scenario and asked to plan a response as a team. Your randomly-assigned small group will present your plan to the whole group. No preparation needed.

Individual Interview

Each finalist will have a 30-minute individual interview with a panel of interviewers. This is the selection panelists’ opportunity to get to know you. No preparation needed. However, we suggest you review the Charles Butt Scholar Knowledge, Skills, and Values and think about how you have exhibited them in your life.

Preparing for the Interview Day

  1. Sign up for your interview time via the link emailed to you. The deadline to sign up is included in the email. 
  2. Submit your pre-recorded demonstration lesson to Survey Monkey by the due date provided in your email. 
  3. Dress code for the interview day is business casual.
  4. To participate in the virtual interview day, you will need reliable internet access and a device with a camera. We prefer you ouse a laptop or desktop computer, but a tablet or smartphone is also acceptable. If you will not have access to these on the virtual interview day, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing [email protected]
  5. Find a quiet place to participate in the interview day activities to minimize distractions and loud noises.
  6. You will need Zoom to participate. If you don’t already have it, follow the steps below to download and use Zoom:
    • Download Zoom here – Download Zoom for Client Meetings.
    • How to join a meeting  – Watch this video to learn how to join a meeting.
    • Take 5 minutes to practice using Zoom if you have never used it before. Become familiar with the buttons and what they do.

Interview Dates

March 10 & 11

Texas A&M University

March 17 & 18

Texas Tech University & TechTeach Across Texas 

March 27

Trinity University

March 31

University of North Texas – Dallas

April 1

Our Lady of the Lake University

April 6

The University of Texas at Austin – UTeach

April 8 & 9

The University of Texas at Austin – College of Education

April 13 & 14

University of Houston

April 20

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

May 21

Rice University

May 25

Southern Methodist University