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

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Corwin Press, Nov 4, 2010 - Education - 121 pages
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A timely and critically important guide focused on the competencies essential for teachers to enter the classroom and work with diverse students. Patrick M. Jenlink, Professor of Doctoral StudiesStephen F. Austin State University, 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. Debra 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 today s 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 Our Favorites section that develops critical thinking and synthesizes conceptsPractice decision sets 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.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Welcome to the Wonderful World of Teaching
3
Section II The Theoretical Framework
9
Chapter 2 Its All Good
11
Standard I Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning
17
Human Development and LearnerCentered Instruction and Assessment
19
Diversity and LearnerCentered Instruction and Assessment
27
Curriculum Design and LearnerCentered Instruction and Assessment
31
Learning Processes and Other Factors in Instruction and Assessment
39
Effective Technology Use in the Learning Environment
67
Monitoring Student Performance in the Learning Environment
71
Standard IV Fulfilling Professional Roles and Responsibilities
75
Family Involvement
77
Enhancing Professional Knowledge and Skills
79
Legal and Ethical Requirements
83
Practical Application
87
Chapter 16 Creating a Personal Success Plan
89

Standard II Creating a Positive Productive Classroom Environment
45
Establishing a Classroom Climate
47
Establishing a Productive Learning Environment
51
Standard III Implementing Effective Responsive Instruction and Assessment
57
Effective Communication in the Learning Environment
59
Student Engagement in the Learning Environment
63
Chapter 17 TestTaking Strategies
99
Section IV After You Pass the Test
109
Chapter 18 Thats What Im Talking About
111
References and Suggested Further Reading
115
Index
119
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Dr. Elaine Wilmore was a public school teacher, counselor, elementary, and middle school principal before she moved to higher education. She has extensive background in everything from Early Childhood Education to creating and leading doctoral programs. She currently serves as a Doctoral Dissertation Adviser for Nova Southeastern University. She formerly served as a Professor, the Chair of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations and as the founding Doctoral Director at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She also served at Dallas Baptist University as Assistant Vice President for Educational Networking and Program Director for the M.Ed. and, again, the implementing director of the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

Prior to her position at Dallas Baptist University, Dr. Wilmore served as Special Assistant to the Dean for NCATE Accreditation, Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and was the founder of all initial Educational Leadership graduate programs at UTA including the innovative field-based and grant funded Educational Leadership UTA, which received national acclaim, and the Scholars of Practice program. While at UTA she also served as Director of University Program Development where she developed and was the original Chair of the Faculty Governance Committee for the College of Education. Dr. Wilmore’s respect amongst those in higher education has led her to serve as a tenure reviewer in four states and a manuscript and proposal reviewer for many conferences and professional journals.

"I attended your workshop at College Station this past summer. I am happy to announce that I passed my certification exam the first time around! I am so excited and look forward to the future and what doors may open. Thank you for your strategies and your book!" - Elodia Witterstaetter, TX

Amy Burkman is an Associate Professor at American Public University. She has served as a provider of professional development for the Education Service Center for Region 11 and several school districts within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Burkman received a Master's Degree in Library Sciences from Texas Woman's University in 2002, where she was also inducted in Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society. She was awarded her doctorate from Texas Christian University in May 2009.

Burkman is, and has been, active in many local, state, and national organizations. She currently reviews materials for several publications, including the International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation (IJELP) and the Education Leadership Review (ELR). Dr. Burkman has published several articles, including “A Practical Approach to Marketing the School Library”, which has been included in the 6th Edition of School Library Management, “The Role of Social, Civic and Political Responsibility in Educational Leadership Preparation”, and “Leadership Development in the United States: Systemic Development Within Social Culture.”

Dr. Burkman served as an elementary principal, an elementary and secondary assistant principal, a school librarian and a classroom teacher before she moved to higher education.

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