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MTTC Middle Level: Pedagogy & Assessment - Chapter Summary
Complete this chapter to improve your understanding of strategies used to promote students' inquiry, communication, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Each lesson in this chapter is taught by an expert instructor who will also help you review the benefits of utilizing good grouping strategies, flexible scheduling and different techniques of maintaining a positive learning environment. Use these lessons to prepare for exam questions on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC): Middle Level exam regarding:
- Hands-on, interactive, expository and collaborative instructional strategies
- Promoting inquiry and communications skills in students
- Cultivating problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
- Grouping students and evaluating group effectiveness
- Flexible grouping and scheduling in middle school classes
- Effective behavioral management and practical teaching
- Setting up classroom rules and procedures
- Setting and communicating teacher expectations; understanding teacher attributions
Take advantage of the versatility of these lessons and watch them on your mobile devices at your own convenience. After each lesson, read the lesson transcripts to reinforce your understanding of the material presented. Then use the lesson quizzes to discover topics you don't fully understand. Improve your understanding of them by using the video tags to return to and review the parts of the lessons that explain them.
MTTC Middle Level: Pedagogy & Assessment Objectives
Middle school teacher candidates in the state of Michigan take the MTTC: Middle Level exam to show that they understand the pedagogy and philosophy of teaching middle grades classes and appreciate the nature and issues of early adolescence. This paper-based certification exam measures your knowledge by asking a series of 100 multiple-choice questions. You will be given four hours and 30 minute to complete the exam. Twenty-three percent of the questions will assess your understanding of pedagogy and assessments.
1. Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative
In this lesson, we will use the fictional Academy of Magic to illustrate four types of instructional strategies that teachers use in the classroom: expository instruction, interactive instruction, hands-on instruction and collaborative instruction.
2. Inquiry & Communication as the Foundation of Learning
Inquiry and communication form the foundations of the learning process. This lesson will detail how these two processes lead to the passing on of information and the discovery of new knowledge.
3. Strategies for Promoting Students' Inquiry Skills
Effective educators engage students in active learning. One way to do this is to promote inquiry skills. How can teachers do this? This lesson identifies strategies to encourage inquiry across content areas. Curious? That's inquiry working.
4. Strategies for Promoting Students' Communication Skills
In this lesson, we will explore methods to enhance students' communication skills in the areas of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. At the end of the lesson, test your newfound knowledge with a short quiz.
5. 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.
6. Cultivating Problem-Solving in Middle School Students
In this lesson, we will look at strategies for teaching middle school students how to apply problem-solving in a variety of content areas. As part of this, we will also discuss scaffolding students who may struggle to apply problem-solving in your content area.
7. Grouping Strategies in Middle School
In this lesson, we will discuss various grouping strategies that can be used in the middle school classroom. We will explore the merits of heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping, and we'll go over several other suggestions for grouping students.
8. Flexible Grouping & Scheduling in Middle School
In this lesson, we'll define flexible grouping and scheduling. You'll learn about the different types of scheduling systems and grouping strategies and their benefits.
9. Behavior Management Strategies for Middle School
Teachers often need strategies to help manage behavior in the classroom. This lesson will highlight strategies that can be used to manage the behaviors of middle school students. A short quiz will follow that will test your knowledge.
10. Classroom Rules and Procedures for Middle School
Classroom rules and procedures for middle school are important for both helping your students learn independence and maintaining a safe learning environment. This lesson will provide you with some strategies for middle school classroom management.
11. Behaviorism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples
How can teachers use rewards and punishments to guide student behavior and learning? In this lesson, we will look at how behaviorism applies to the classroom, including the concepts of reinforcement, punishment, and extinction.
12. 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.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Middle Level (085): Practice & Study Guide course
- MTTC Middle Level: The Nature of Early Adolescence
- MTTC Middle Level: Factors in Adolescent Development
- MTTC Middle Level: Education Philosophy & Organization
- MTTC Middle Level: Curriculum & Instructional Design
- MTTC Middle Level: Collaboration & Professional Development
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