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Kimberly Wiedemer and Catheey Eggert

May 14, 2015
Standard 4: Teaching for Critical Thinking The teacher candidate uses a variety of
instructional strategies to encourage students critical thinking, problem solving, and
performance skills including instructional resources.

Quality Indicator 4C1: The teacher candidate demonstrates knowledge and its application of
researched based models of critical thinking and problem solving and identifies and distinguishes
between various types of instructional strategies and appropriate resources.

Quality Indicator 4C2: The teacher candidate demonstrates knowledge and its application of
current instructional resources and how they benefit the teaching and learning process.

Quality Indicator 4C3: The teacher candidate demonstrates knowledge and its application of
multiple strategies for effective student engagement.

Artifact: Webquest

In standard 4 the teacher must use multiple strategies in order to use higher learning
skills. These skills include thinking critically, solving problems, and instructional resource skills.
It is important that a teacher introduces these strategies to the children in their class because the
strategies will help the students reach their true potential. I, as a teacher candidate, understand
and employ instructional strategies to encourage students critical thinking by using open ended
questions. For these questions, the students will have to find the answers by using resources
given to them. In order to do this, the students will have to be able to use critical thinking and
problem solving skills. To prove that I understand and incorporated this standard into my lessons,
I chose my WebQuest as my artifact. The WebQuest I made is a part of a literary lesson about the
book Where the Red Fern Grows. It has students using different skills to solve the questions
asked to them by the WebQuest. Students will be put in groups of three to compare and contrast,
write a summary of the book, illustrate a cover, convince their parents to buy a dog, and research
an animal that lives in the Ozarks. In the WebQuest, these students will be given resources in
order to solve the problems at hand. WebQuest contributes to critical thinking by having
problems that require a higher level of thinking. When using our WebQuest, students will need to
think back to the story and compare their lives to Billys life. Since all the resources for the
WebQuest are on the Internet students will gain the skills of being creative, collaborating with
others, and using problem-solving and critical thinking skills. When collaborating, students will
use each other gained information and put it together to complete a problem. The WebQuest is
also a good way to have the students collaborate with their peers in order to solve problems.

Kimberly Wiedemer and Catheey Eggert

May 14, 2015
Instructional resources that are being used in the WebQuest are different websites to answer
different questions in the WebQuest, using a PowerPoint to present WebQuest, and the book
Where the Red Fern Grows. I demonstrate my knowledge of these resources by reading the
book and pulling out different sections. By doing this, I created a PowerPoint to introduce the
WebQuest. Also, I searched different websites and made sure that they had the information the
students needed to answer the WebQuest questions. The students will benefit from these
resources because they are learning visually and auditory. They learn visually through seeing the
WebQuest and being able to look at their own websites. Since, I will be presenting the WebQuest
to them then they will be able to hear the instructions. Also, the children will be learning through
interpersonal and intrapersonal methods by being able to collaborate with their partners but
ultimately having their own part. Through using the WebQuest I will incorporate cooperative
learning into my classroom. One way I did that is by separating the students into groups of three
to solve their WebQuest tasks. Each child in the group is given two out of the six tasks to
complete. The students will work together to divide up the tasks. Also, if a child runs into a
problem or needs help with their task then another member of the group will be able to help.
Once each member finishes their task they have to get together with their team in order to
present to their team the information they found.

Reflection: I have learned that through different instructional strategies it encourages the
students critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. Different instructional
strategies that were used in this lesson was having students in small groups for a student project,
organizing different task for students, active participation during the WebQuest, and using
technology to find information about the tasks that were given. I have met the objectives of the
standard and indicators in multiple ways. One way was having the students identify sections of
the story. They also had to describe and summarize the book. These students were even able to
compare and contrast life today to life back when the book to place. Another way was by having
the students design their own book cover to what they thought was important to the story. When I
have to look back and evaluate myself on this lesson, I see many ways to improve on teaching
this lesson. I could improve my knowledge and understanding by doing more research on the
topic. I would also add a small group presentation. Therefore, the children will have to cooperate
a bit more. I will even consider adding a different task that will get the students on their feet and
being active. This will impact my future teaching by having students cooperate and solve
problems with one another. Cooperation is key to having good classroom management, this helps
with respecting and understanding of one another. The students should be able to develop their
critical thinking skills through this artifact by having to recall back to the book and the life of
Billy.Critical thinking skills will help me in the classroom by having my students and I solve
problems together rather than taking the easy way out. My students will benefit from
understanding the criteria by having to connect critical thinking, cooperation with others, and
problem solving skills to real life.