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Teacher Appreciation Week

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Have you ever thought about Teacher Appreciation Week? When did it start? Who initiated it? What does it mean? Your school district likely follows countrywide norms and honors its teachers during the first full week of May, with National Teacher Day on Tuesday of that week. History of the Event Discussions about recognizing the important work that teachers do began in 1944. The 81st Congress proclaimed…

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MTEL Comm & Lit – Passing the Summary Exercise with Fidelity

Passing the Summary Exercise: Fidelity Communication and Literacy Skills Test On the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test, candidates are asked to complete a summary exercise.  In this article, I will share the most common errors I see and tips for making a solid score on the fidelity performance characteristic.  A summary with fidelity gives a fair picture of the original. Common synonyms of fidelity are…

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MTEL Comm & Lit – Finding the Purpose and Meaning of Text

You will need to be highly capable in navigating complexities in written text to pass the MTEL Communications and Literacy Skills Test. At the heart of every piece of writing is a message, either stated or unstated. Readers who can identify the author’s purpose, point of view, and audience (Objective 3) are best equipped to get at the “real” meaning. On licensure tests, time is also…

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Effective Teaching – Measuring the Immeasurable

Article from the Series: Essentials for Effective New Teachers “Development of effective teachers” has become a common goal in education—I would even say, it is a catchphrase. Internet lists of teacher qualities inspire us; merit pay motivates us; mentorships instruct us; administrators inspect and evaluate us. Responsibility for and expectations of “effectiveness” have been heaped upon us teachers. When we turn the calendar page to June…

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Selecting Essay Topic on FTCE

  Many teacher licensing exams, such as the Florida FTCE, have a writing test that gives you an option to choose your prompt. Both prompts will lend themselves to excellent essays. The trick is to choose the one that fits your skills and experience. Here are some points to consider.   Match your selection with your knowledge. When you read the prompts, you will likely have…

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Countdown to Teacher Licensure Exam

As you approach your teacher licensure exam, you can take specific actions that will ensure you are confidently prepared to test. You want to show up on your state’s annual pass rate report in the pass column rather than in the fail column. You have been anticipating this exam since your first education course your freshman year of college. Now, you find that the time has…

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