It is the goal that WAC teachers and mentors serve primarily as coaches helping students prepare for the Challenge. Students should feel empowered to take the lead as much as they are able and willing, and encouraged to take ownership over their own success.
In order to help teachers facilitate international learning and prepare students for the Challenge, WAC provides extensive support materials. The following WAC resources will be available by December 16, 2015:
WAC Teacher Overview: complete with timeline checklists, tentative event day schedule, and Smart Village research briefs.
WAC Activities Guide: providing WAC related activities to spark learning for students, prepare mentors, and aid teachers with lesson plans and curriculum.
Denver Public Library Pathfinders: background materials, entry level research, articles, and news related to the topic of focus.
Challenge Preparation Materials: including presentation rubrics, quiz samples, and collaborative questions to assist your team in Challenge preparation.
And more: Interesting, relevant events and news, access to WAC highlighted current events, and additional reading lists.
If you're eager to get started on WAC planning and research, these materials may be helpful:
- The 2016 Theme: Smart Village.
- Interesting, relevant events and news posted to our Facebook page. One article, video, or event posted each #WACWednesday.
- The WAC 2015 “How to WAC” provides a basic understanding of the WAC phases. You'll see an updated version of this called WAC Activities Guide coming soon.
- The WAC 2015 Teacher Planning Guide includes WAC history and general information, team-building strategy, student preparation suggestions, judging criteria and grading rubrics, and tips for success. Information for 2016 coming soon.
- Event Media shows videos and pictures from recent WAC competitions and programming. These provide great insight as to what students might expect on the day of WAC competition/presentation and with the shorter "exchange videos."