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What You Need to Know about Teacher Certification Exams

No matter in what state you plan to teach elementary school, you are required to take a teacher licensing exam - and pass it - to obtain certification. Many times, the anxiety for this knowledge-based test surpasses that of most of the college courses you take in your education course of study. It is, therefore, even more disturbing to realize that over half of prospective teachers…

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No one disputes the fact that there is more and more pressure on public school educators to make a difference in the lives of the children they teach, no matter what level of professional experience they have. This applies to both elementary and secondary school students and first year and experienced teachers. New teachers are most often targeted for improving their skills to ensure that they…

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How to Pass Your Teacher Certification Exams

Very few people enjoy taking tests. And, since it’s so crucial to your career that you pass your teacher certification exam or exams, it’s just as imperative that you are adequately prepared. Unfortunately, college does not completely prepare you for these tests. Neither does student teaching. Sometimes you can benefit from a little “extra” assistance and guidance to ensure that you not only pass but do…

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The Complexities of Teaching Reading

A major component of all teacher early education programs is teaching children to read. It is a crucial skill that is a predictor of later success in life. Many studies have demonstrated that individuals who do not master basic reading skills in elementary school are more likely to live below the poverty level, have criminal records, and don’t continue their education. Reading teachers often follow one…

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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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