FTCE Professional Education Exam Test Tricks and Tactics



hello there my name is dr. Jasper and thank you so much for tuning in to our YouTube channel today I am going to be talking about professional education exam prep today we do have an online course that you could check out but today I'm going to go over a couple of tricks and tactics you can use on the exam that will help you identify correct answer choices on the test if you want information on our online course that's much more comprehensive than this YouTube video you can go to naviagte in line and see all of our digital courses there in the meantime let's take a look at what I like to call good words when you are thinking about the professional education exam or really any ftce test for that for that matter you want to keep in mind good words these are words you're going to see and the correct answer choices on the test so keep in mind words like differentiated specific targeted also high expectations for all students and data-driven decision making now it may not be in the form of differentiated you may not see the word differentiated but you may see the terms all students or helping struggling students or modifying instruction to meet the needs of each and every student that is code for differentiation so if you see any scenario in the answer choices where the teacher is differentiating accommodating helping struggling students and believing that all students that term all is really going to help you out that means that she or he is differentiating and that's going to be a good answer choice the next good word or good set of words I'd like you to focus on are specific and targeted specific means that you are not just putting out a blanket intervention or some blanketed feedback you are giving each student the feedback and the interventions that he or she needs based on the specific needs of that student that's why the word targeted is really good as well because you are targeting specific needs of students now again it may not say targeted or specific it may say that the teacher is differentiating instruction to meet the needs of each student it may say that the teacher does a diagnostic on a student to then use the proper intervention strategies based on what she sees in that diagnostic but always and and no matter when you see this always think about specific strategies specific interventions specific feedback for each and every student's specific needs the next good set of words that you will see everywhere all over this test and all over every ftce is high expectations for all students this is also code for differentiation because no matter what we do we never want to lower the bar we always want to have high expectations for all students I don't care if that student is confined to a wheelchair and can't use his arms I don't care if that student has a learning disability I don't care if that student is a level 5 reader and about to go to college at 10 years old we have high expectations for each and every student the classroom no matter where each student is so never choose answers that say you know make it easier or lower the bar what you do want to do is set high expectations for students and then accommodate or modify or scaffold or use graphic organizers to help students meet those expectations and then finally probably the most prevalent set of words that we see on the professional education exam are ones that have to do with data-driven decision-making data-driven decisions means that you as a teacher are looking at data whether that be test data that you get from the FSA maybe you have FSA debt on your students you're looking at that whether that be diagnostic data that you did a pretest to obtain and you now know what students need before that you start the lesson whether that be formative assessment data and I have a video already on YouTube all about the different assessments formative assessment data that you use as ongoing data to drive your decision-making that can also be anecdotal data little anecdotes that you write down maybe for student behavior whatever it is you're not just making decisions willy-nilly you're not just saying oh I hope this works and throwing it out there even though we certainly do that sometimes but for this test and to be a great teacher you want to be looking at data both qualitative and quantitative to drive any and any decisions in your classroom let's take a look at what that might look like on the test so I'm sure you've seen this this is in the test specifications this is a sample item from the exam and you can see that we have a big old piece of narrative here that you're going to get lost in and you're going to be thinking about all this stuff here and then oh my gosh we have a graph here that you could get lost in as well and then you have the answer choices 100% of the time I want you to read the answer choices first because what happens is most people start right here and they start reading and they already are lost have no idea what's going on what we do is when we look at these answer choices first we can start to eliminate things that may not be the answers and we can look for those good words that I talked about at the beginning okay so remember we're gonna think about differentiated specific and targeted data-driven decision-making so let's read first we have assigning homework daily and reviewing problems on the board assigning select problems and greeting them with specific feedback look there's that word specific right there and we do want to be specific in our feedback so B is looking like it's a good one C assigning the odd number of problems and grading them every night and D assigning homework daily and monitoring the class for comprar for completion a C and D all sound kind of the same the only one that stands out to me really is this specific feedback now without even reading I can tell you as a someone who understands this exam very well that B is definitely going to be your answer because it's so much better than any other answer choice but let's just go through and take a look at the chart first let's not get wrapped up in all this text let's take a look at the chart first we want to look at percentile gain here we can see that 30% tile gained is the highest one out of all of these right here and we can see that graded with feedback is the one that yielded that high percentile mean so right there I can check that B is for sure the answer and then you can go through and read all this but remember you don't have to read this sometimes you do sometimes just reading the answer choices doesn't work but on so many occasions you could read the answer choices first and pick out these good words and probably get to the right answer without ever getting messed up with this particular text up here okay so now I want to talk about some non answers or some words that you can be on the lookout for that you can cross off your list of answer choices because they will most likely 99.999% of the time not be the correct answer the first one is multiple choice tests while we do use most multiple choice tests and while the state is even testing you using a multiple choice test it probably is not going to be the correct answer choice on the exam the next one is going to be no extra homework extra homework is never the answer and really in life extra homework is never the answer those of you who are parents understand what I'm saying there but giving extra work at home is not going to make a kid do better on anything really the specific and targeted interventions during the school day is what you want to be looking at now another one is silent a sustained reading you may also see round-robin reading or popcorn reading while I do think silence sustained reading is a good thing to do with students especially if it's modeled by the teacher it's typically not the correct answer choice on the exam it's usually attached to how do you increase reading achievement or how do you increase you know positive attitudes about reading and students and the thing is silence sustained reading really doesn't do that however it's not your answer choice on this test but I still believe in silence sustained reading I have to say that the next one that's not going to be answer is using other students to translate or tutor other students now a lot of people get hung up on these answer choices because we do this a lot in schools we will ask our students to help us out because we're strapped we don't have a bunch of paraprofessionals and they're helping us all the time so sometimes you might have a monolingual student and you gotta ask another student hey you speak his language can you translate for me and we do that all the time but on this test never never never have them translate or tutor it's your job to make sure the student is receiving the quality instruction that she needs and it's you it's on you to do that not other students and then for translating students should be learning in your class they shouldn't be used as translators in your class so that typically will never be the answer and then finally stay away from anything that is punitive anything that sounds negative or punitive is probably not the correct answer when dealing with behavior or you know just classroom expectations we always want to keep it very very positive and this time sometimes trips people up because they're used to being in a classroom where the teacher is the boss and we're kind of projecting our experience in the classroom to what's on the test on this test think positive positive positive all the time and anything that sounds like the teacher is the boss and the students have to obey or the kids have to go to ISS if they mess up that's typically not going to be your answer choice so keep that in mind when looking at the answer choices on the professional ed exam thank you so much for tuning in today for our professional education exam prep remember that you can get all of the information regarding professional 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