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Passing the PPR TExES Exam for EC–12 Teachers
Keys to Certification and Ethical Teaching



November 2010 | 136 pages | Corwin
ôA timely and critically important guide focused on the competencies essential for teachers to enter the classroom and work with diverse students.öùPatrick M. Jenlink, Professor of Doctoral StudiesStephen F. Austin State University, TXôThe authors have created a comprehensive, upbeat, and positive step-by-step process on how to study for the TExES examùoffering real-life ideas that even a veteran teacher could use.öùDebra Hurst, ELL Kindergarten TeacherAustin Independent School District, TXAce the test, lower your stress, and achieve success!Best-selling author Elaine L. Wilmore and educator Amy Burkman bring extensive TExES exam-development and workshop-training experience to this comprehensive handbook. Written in a friendly and encouraging tone, the text helps aspiring teachers prepare for the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities TExES Exam. The book details each of the learner-centered standards, domains, and competencies while addressing todayÆs hot topics of assessment, diversity, technology, family and student engagement, legal/ethical issues, and professional development. The authors also connect theory to practice with real-life examples that demonstrate the leadership philosophy behind the exam. Special features include:Test-taking tips and strategies that build confidence Practical application examples from each domain and area of competencyA fun ôOur Favoritesö section that develops critical thinking and synthesizes conceptsPractice ôdecision setsö with answers targeted to specific competenciesThis guidebook is more than the definitive roadmap to preparing for the PPR TExES exam. The authors give you indispensable keys to becoming a successful and world-changing teacher.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Section I. Content: The Knowledge Base
 
1. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Teaching
Introduction

 
The Standards

 
Getting Started

 
 
Section II. The Theoretical Framework
 
2. It’s All Good
Global Overview of TExES Standards

 
Key Concepts

 
“Guess My Favorites”

 
The Ideal Teacher

 
Pretend

 
 
Standard I. Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning
 
3. Competency 001, Human Development and Learner Centered Instruction and Assessment
 
4. Competency 002, Diversity and Learner Centered Instruction and Assessment
 
5. Competency 003, Curriculum Design and Learner Centered Instruction and Assessment
 
6. Competency 004, Learning Processes and Other Factors in Instruction and Assessment
 
Standard II: Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment
 
7. Competency 005, Establishing a Classroom Climate
 
8. Competency 006, Establishing a Productive Learning Environment
 
Standard III: Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment
 
9. Competency 007, Effective Communication in the Learning Environment
 
10. Competency 008, Student Engagement in the Learning Environment
 
11. Competency 009, Effective Technology Use in the Learning Environment
 
12. Competency 010, Monitoring Student Performance in the Learning Environment
 
Standard IV: Fulfilling Professional Roles and Responsibilities
 
13. Competency 007, Family Involvement
 
14. Competency 007, Enhancing Professional Knowledge and Skills
 
15. Competency 007, Legal and Ethical Requirements
 
Section III. The Real Deal: Practical Application
 
16. Creating a Personal Success Plan
 
17. Test Taking Strategies
 
SECTION IV. After You Pass the Test
 
18. That’s What I’m Talking About
Actually Becoming Certified

 
Ace It!

 
 
References and Suggested Further Reading
 
Index

"This book not only provides necessary information for those preparing to enter the teaching field, but is a great resource for teachers looking to improve their skills, as well. The examples provided are good and relevant, and the anecdotes are pertinent. The authors provide essential test taking strategies as well as tips to mentally prepare yourself… to visualize the outcome."

Lyneille Meza, Coordinator
Data and Assessment, Denton ISD, TX

"The authors have created a comprehensive, upbeat and positive step by step process on how to study for the TExES exam--offering real life ideas that even a veteran teacher could use. Teacher candidates will especially benefit from the test taking strategies, the imagining of the ideal classroom, and even finding out what to do after passing the test."

Debra Hurst, ELL Kindergarten Teacher
Austin Independent School District, TX

"The authors have provided a timely and critically important guide for both the student who aspires to be a teacher and the teacher educator who knows all too well the challenges of not just being a teacher, but an ethical one. This book is richly appointed with a step-by-step instructional guide, accessible language, and detailed scenarios. It is integrally focused on the competencies essential for teachers to enter the classroom and work with diverse students against the backdrop of national and state tensions confronting today’s teachers and schools."

Patrick M. Jenlink, Professor of Doctoral Studies
Stephen F. Austin State University, TX
Key features

· A strong overview of the definition of the domain and/or competency.
· A through discussion of relevant concepts which relate to that domain and/or competency
· A "Guess My Favorite" section to encourage critical thinking, understanding of philosophy, synthesis of concepts, curiosity, engagement of the reader, and plain old fun
· Practice "decision sets" with answers which target that competency
· A brief list of potential additional resources for content reinforcement

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Teaching!


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