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Becoming a Teacher in Texas A Course of Study for the Professional Development ExCET

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ISBN-10: 0534557147

ISBN-13: 9780534557140

Edition: 2001

Authors: Cynthia Gift Henry, Janice L. Nath

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BECOMING A TEACHER IN TEXAS is designed to offer a broad overview of the knowledge and skills required to pass the ExCET exam for Professional Development. The Professional Development portion of the ExCET exam is mandatory for all persons seeking teacher certification in the state of Texas. BECOMING A TEACHER IN TEXAS is the only textbook providing quality information in a concise and comprehensible manner to prepare soon-to-be-teachers for the ExCET exam. It can be used as a supplemental or main text for a variety of teacher education courses, such as Educational Psychology, Introduction to Education, General Teaching Methods, or the student teaching practicum. Additionally, all authors…    
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List price: $142.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 11/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
About the Editors
Contributors
Understanding Learners
Understanding Human Development
Terms to Know
Theories of Growth and Development
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Considering Environmental Factors that Affect Learning
Terms to Know
Environmental Factors That Impact Learning
Other Factors That Impact Learning
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Appreciating Human Diversity
Terms to Know
Demographical Dynamics
Integrating Multiculturalism in School Community
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
Suggested Videos
References and Suggested Readings
Understanding How Learning Occurs
Terms to Know
Understanding Learning Theory
Thought and Language Development
Schema Theory: Linking and Organizing Information
Metacognition: Extending Self-Improving Systems
Learning, Thinking, and Teaching Styles
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Motivating Students
Terms to Know
Importance of Motivation to Academic Learning: Theoretical Background
Identifying Factors and Situations Likely to Promote or Diminish Motivation
Effects of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
Creating Motivational Learning Environments for All Students
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Enhancing Student Achievement
Planning and Designing Instruction
Terms to Know
The Process of Planning
Long-Range Plans
Unit Plans
Daily Lesson Plans
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Verbal, Nonverbal, and Media Communication Techniques
Terms to Know
Communication
Recommended Classroom Features
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Instructional Strategies and Roles
Terms to Know
Incorporating Higher Levels of Thinking into a Lesson Plan
Strategies and Models of Teaching That Involve Higher Levels of Thinking
Teacher Roles
Learner-Centered Versus Teacher-Centered Instruction
Asking Questions at Higher Levels of Thinking
A Risk-Free Environment for Critical Thinking
Linking Higher-Level Thinking to Assessment
The Language of Thinking
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Instructional Materials and Resources
Terms to Know
Teacher Resource Behavior
Materials and Resources
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Formal and Informal Assessment
Terms to Know
Test, Assessment, and Evaluation: What Is the Difference?
The Assessment Process
Formative and Summative Data
Formal Assessment
Curriculum-Based Assessment
Informal Assessment
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Managing the Classroom Environment
Terms to Know
Creating a Learning Community
Learning Communities
Student Ownership/Membership in the Learning Community
Responsible, Cooperative, Purposeful, Supportive Students
Creating a Positive Social and Emotional Atmosphere
Establishing and Maintaining Standards of Behavior
Maximizing Learning Time
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Understanding the Teaching Environment
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
Terms to Know
An Example of Reflection
What Is Reflection?
The Cycle of Reflection
Why Is Reflection Important?
Support Services
Summary of Benefits of Reflection
How Can Preservice Teachers Become Reflective Practitioners?
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Home-School Relationships
Terms to Know
Why Home-School Relationships Are Important
Building Relationships with Parents/Families
Recognizing Family Diversity
Communicating Effectively
Conducting Parent-Teacher Conferences
Creating Strategies for Home-School Collaboration
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
School and Community Connections
Terms to Know
Recognizing Challenges Facing Today's Communities
Significance of the School-Community Relationship
Learning About the School's Community
Communicating with the Community
Connecting with the Community
Developing Students' Responsibility Toward Their Communities
Emerging Efforts to Reconnect Communities and Children
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Teaching in Texas
Terms to Know
Expectations of Teachers in Texas
Constraints on Teachers in Texas
Multiple Roles of Teachers in Texas
Laws and Guidelines Impacting Teachers in Texas
Special Education
Structure of the Texas Education System
Summary
Suggested Activities
Practice Decision Set
Web Links
References and Suggested Readings
Preparing For and Taking the ExCET Test
Registration
Preparing for Test Day
The Test
Long-Term Study Skills
Contact Numbers
Name Index
Subject Index