About This Chapter
PLACE: Professional Skills & Development - Chapter Summary
Reacquaint yourself with professional skills and development to enhance your preparation for the PLACE Reading Specialist test. Watching the lessons in this chapter can help you:
- Review how to become an effective teacher and examine the role of a reading specialist
- Analyze influences on selecting reading programs and materials
- Study strategies for assessing reading materials and understand how to teach teachers how to teach
- Identify supervising and staffing reading programs
- Examine teacher expectations and attributions
- Understand more about the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
- List field-specific professional organizations in education
The resources in this chapter allow you to study at your own pace by providing access to the lessons 24/7. The subject-matter experts presenting the lessons offer an in-depth overview of professional skills and development that is both comprehensive and entertaining.
Objectives of the PLACE: Professional Skills & Development Chapter
As a current or prospective educator in Colorado, you can use the lessons in this chapter to increase your chances of succeeding on the PLACE Reading Specialist exam and add an endorsement to your educator license. The test consists of all multiple-choice questions and is broken into four subareas. Topics covered in this chapter on professional skills and development are found in the program organization, administration and leadership subarea.
To get closer to earning a passing score on the exam, utilize the self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam that can help you strengthen your understanding of the concepts reviewed in this chapter. If you have any questions about lesson topics, submit them to our experts who are ready to help.
1. Becoming an Effective Teacher
Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials
One of the most important aspects of being an English language arts teacher is choosing suitable reading materials for your students. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for choosing the most appropriate materials.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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Other chapters within the PLACE Reading Specialist: Practice & Study Guide course
- PLACE: Foundations of a Reading Program
- PLACE: Planning the Reading Curriculum
- PLACE: Effective Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Reading Programs & Teaching Approaches
- PLACE: Types of Reading Assessments
- PLACE: Reading Assessment Techniques
- PLACE: Assessment Issues & Data Analysis
- PLACE: Identifying Reading Needs & Disabilities
- PLACE: Reading Instruction for Special Needs Students
- PLACE: Cultural & Language Concerns in Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Research for Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Partnerships in Reading Instruction
- PLACE: Legal Aspects of Reading Instruction
- PLACE Reading Specialist Flashcards