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MTLE Reading Teacher: Promoting a Literate Environment - Chapter Summary
The MTLE Reading Teacher assessment is designed to ensure you fully understand your role as a reading educator in Minnesota. One subject area you will be expected to understand is how to promote a literate environment. To improve your ability to answer related questions on the exam, review lessons in this chapter that enable you to:
- Identify and describe strategies and tips for promoting literacy in the classroom
- Describe how to create a safe learning environment
- Share student engagement strategies and how to teach using humor
- Explain how to build classroom community and plan activities for introverts
- Provide activities and ideas for class discussion, and explain the importance of motivation in an educational environment
- Define social justice and critical thinking, and explain how to teach critical thinking skills
- Offer critical thinking activities for middle and high school
This chapter offers a variety of resources you can use to improve your ability to pass the assessment. Watch short video lessons that help you get reacquainted with promoting a literate environment. Timelines are available that allow you to visit key topics within the video lessons so you don't always have to watch them in full. If you want to test your comprehension of the lessons, feel free to take our short quizzes and chapter exam.
1. Promoting Literacy in the Classroom: Strategies & Tips
This lesson will help you explore various ways to promote literacy in your classroom that are both educational and fun for students. Learn a few strategies and tips to help your students read for pleasure and by choice.
2. Creating a Safe Learning Environment in the Classroom
Children learn best when they are in a safe classroom environment, and teachers and families are happier when classrooms feel safe, too. This lesson will give you some ideas on how to create a safe environment for all learners.
3. Student Engagement Strategies
Students learn information in many different ways, which makes engaging diverse student populations challenging. In this lesson, we will define what it means to be actively engaged and explore several best practice strategies for engaging students.
4. Using Humor in the Classroom
This lesson will help you understand how making (and letting) your students laugh keeps the classroom alive and facilitates learning. You will learn how to use humor effectively and safely.
5. Building Community in the Classroom: Ideas & Activities
Building a strong classroom community is key for creating a safe, productive learning environment. This lesson will give some tips and activities you can use to build a strong community in your classroom.
6. Classroom Activities for Introverts
In this lesson, we cover classroom activities for those students who prefer to work alone and find social activities draining. Sample solo and group activities are provided and a short quiz follows the lesson.
7. Class Discussion: Activities & Ideas
In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of class discussions. We will also review several different types of class discussion activities that are appropriate for a variety of grade levels and subjects.
8. The Importance of Motivation in an Educational Environment
In this lesson, you'll see how motivation affects learning. Discover the behaviors and perspectives that relate to motivation in an educational environment.
9. What Is Social Justice? - Definition, Issues & Examples
You often hear people talking about the importance of social justice, but what is meant by it? This lesson takes a look at the overall idea of social justice while providing examples to explain just what it is.
10. What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning
Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don't really stop to think about what it means or how to use it. This lesson will tell you exactly what it means and make you realize that the average person largely ignores critical thinking.
11. Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking is one of the most important habits a student can learn. This lesson helps you figure out what critical thinking skills are and how you can help your students develop them.
12. Critical Thinking Activities for Middle School
Critical thinking, a Common Core requirement, is often a challenge at the middle school level. Various strategies can be used to teach students how to analyze reading material and apply it to the real world. Read on to learn more about various levels of questioning as well as different activities that may be used to introduce critical thinking in the classroom.
13. Critical Thinking Activities for High School
This lesson discusses the importance of critical thinking. Read on for several suggestions for implementing critical thinking activities in the classroom.
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Other chapters within the MTLE Reading Teacher: Practice & Study Guide course
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Learning Theories
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Language & Reading Development
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Planning Reading Instruction
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Resources for Reading Instruction
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Principles of Reading Assessment
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Reading Assessment Techniques
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Using Reading Assessment Data
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Promoting Literacy Through Technology
- MTLE Reading Teacher: The Reading Professional
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Professional Organizations
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Emergent Literacy
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Spelling & Writing
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Phonics
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Developing Student Fluency
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Developing Student Vocabulary
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Language Arts Instruction
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Narrative Texts
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Expository Texts
- MTLE Reading Teacher: Oral Communication
- MTLE Reading Teacher Flashcards