Ch 31: MTEL Reading Specialist: The Reading Professional

About This Chapter

Brush up on your understanding of a reading specialist's job and strategies for professional development in the field. Our lessons, quizzes and other study aids can help you prepare for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam questions on these subjects.

MTEL Reading Specialist: The Reading Professional - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter examine what a reading specialist does and discuss strategies for professional advancement. You can use them to review material in preparation for MTEL Reading Specialist exam questions on topics including:

  • A reading specialist's role
  • Factors that influence the selection of reading programs and materials
  • Strategies for instructing teachers on teaching methods
  • Ways to supervise reading programs
  • Teacher expectations and attributions and how they impact classroom performance
  • Professional organizations for educators
  • How to set goals for professional development
  • Why it's important to continue to grow professionally
  • Ways to advance professional practice and knowledge

You can watch our video lessons anytime you have a few minutes, using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Every lesson is followed by a short quiz, and the chapter ends with a comprehensive test on the material covered. Our instructors employ humor and real life examples to make learning fun. If you have questions, you can use our ask-an-expert message board to get answers from the instructors.

MTEL Reading Specialist: The Reading Professional Chapter Objectives

Massachusetts requires passing the MTEL Reading Specialist exam as one of its conditions for licensure in this area of teaching. The exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions, which are divided into four subareas. There are also two open-response, or essay, assignments that can be about any of the topics covered by the exam. Questions on material from The Reading Professional chapter are in the Professional Knowledge and Roles of the Reading Specialist subarea, which makes up approximately 16% of the total content on the test.

Completing the lesson quizzes in this study guide lets you practice answering multiple-choice questions similar to the ones you'll find on the MTEL exam. These quizzes also offer a chance to assess your learning, and the answer keys include clickable links back to the pertinent section of the lesson, making it quick work to review information on questions you answered incorrectly.

12 Lessons in Chapter 31: MTEL Reading Specialist: The Reading Professional
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Role of the Reading Specialist

1. The Role of the Reading Specialist

You might be wondering what a reading specialist is and how s/he relates to other professionals at your school. This lesson gives you insight into this important position.

Influences on Selecting Reading Programs & Materials

2. Influences on Selecting Reading Programs & Materials

When it comes to teaching reading, it's very important to use research-based tools that meet the needs of your students. Take a look at this lesson for help selecting reading programs and materials for elementary schools.

How to Teach Teachers How to Teach

3. How to Teach Teachers How to Teach

Not everyone was born to teach, but that doesn't mean you can't still make an impact in the classroom. This lesson will highlight how to teach teachers how to teach. A short quiz will follow to test you knowledge.

Supervising & Staffing Reading Programs

4. Supervising & Staffing Reading Programs

In this lesson, we'll explore effective supervisory strategies for selecting qualified reading staff, implementing and supervising reading programs, and determining appropriate resource allocation for students and teachers.

Teacher Expectations & Attributions

5. Teacher Expectations & Attributions

Attributions for success and failure drive future expectations for learning and success. Students attribute their successes or failures to a number of factors. Teachers also make attributions for student performance. This lesson will explore teacher expectations and attributions that affect classroom and individual student performance.

National Education Association (NEA): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism

6. National Education Association (NEA): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism

The National Education Association (NEA) is a major force in the world of American education. Watch this lesson to find out what the NEA is, what it does, what its core values are, who can become a member, and how to join.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism

7. American Federation of Teachers (AFT): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) provides many benefits to its members across the country. In this lesson, we'll explore the AFT, including how to join, the structure of the organization, and its mission and work across the United States.

Field-Specific Professional Organizations in Education

8. Field-Specific Professional Organizations in Education

Joining a professional education organization can provide educators with all sorts of benefits. But how can a teacher find an association in his or her content area? Watch this lesson for the benefits of field-specific organizations and how to find one.

Teacher Professional Development Goals

9. Teacher Professional Development Goals

This lesson discusses the importance of having robust professional development goals and shares tips for achieving those goals. In addition, reasons for pursuing the goals mentioned below are discussed.

Teacher Professional Development Activities

10. Teacher Professional Development Activities

In this lesson, we will discuss why professional development is essential for teachers and types of professional development activities. We will also briefly cover state requirements and paying for professional development.

Importance of Professional Development for Master Reading Teachers

11. Importance of Professional Development for Master Reading Teachers

In recent years, public education has increased its focus on professional development and creating deep networks of support within the school system. An integral member of this is the Master Reading Teacher. In this lesson, you'll have a chance to explore this role, and test your own understanding with a brief quiz.

Advancing Professional Knowledge & Practice in Middle School Education

12. Advancing Professional Knowledge & Practice in Middle School Education

Professional development is a critical component in improving the quality of teaching. Many teachers, however, are unclear about the various ways to access the professional development we need. This lesson will look at how educators can access and apply professional development to improve their teaching practices.

Chapter Practice Exam
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