Ch 1: TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Teaching Math & Science

About This Chapter

The TExES Physics/Math 7-12 teacher certification exam includes sections on teaching math and science, and this chapter is designed to address both. These videos and lesson materials will refresh your memory and help prepare you for the big test.

TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Teaching Math & Science - Chapter Summary

As you are certainly aware, a lot more goes into teaching than just knowing the subject material, and new methods of teaching and assessing are regularly introduced, even with the advent of Common Core. The fun and informative videos in this lesson series is designed to get you up to speed on the teaching principles you will encounter in the TExES Physics/Math 7-12 exam. This chapter includes lessons on:

  • Understanding how students learn math and science
  • Establishing an effective learning environment
  • Employing various teaching strategies
  • Encouraging students to be engaged and self-motivated
  • Designing math and physics lessons and scientific investigations
  • Designing, administering, and evaluating formal and informal assessments

The comprehensive study and preparation package includes the videos with a lesson transcript, lesson quizzes, and a chapter exam. Use the assessments, containing questions similar to those on the actual exam, to gauge your test readiness and practice your test-taking techniques. Take the lessons in the order presented or skip to the lessons for which you know you need the most focus. If you have an upgraded account, you also have the option to ask questions of our expert instructors should you find a particular topic difficult to tackle.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Teaching Math & Science
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How Students Learn to Understand Mathematics

1. How Students Learn to Understand Mathematics

Mathematics is the science of patterns, and can be understood in the same way that other kinds of patterns are understood. This lesson will discuss the way that the students' minds grasp mathematics, and how to effectively teach them.

Influences on How Students Understand Scientific Inquiry

2. Influences on How Students Understand Scientific Inquiry

In this lesson, we will explore the development of scientific thinking as we learn ways for teachers to support students as they develop focused questions, make explorations, and articulate their findings.

Strategies for Teaching in a Diverse Classroom

3. Strategies for Teaching in a Diverse Classroom

The classroom is getting more diverse every day. Learn how to teach effectively in a diverse classroom, and give every student a chance to succeed. See how effective this lesson was by taking a quiz.

How to Encourage Student Self-Motivation & Engagement

4. How to Encourage Student Self-Motivation & Engagement

The two of the most important factors in educational success are the student's motivation and level of engagement in the academic environment. In this lesson, we will explore ways to encourage student self-motivation and engagement.

Using Instructional Strategies to Aid in Student Comprehension

5. Using Instructional Strategies to Aid in Student Comprehension

In this lesson we will examine some teaching strategies for teachers to use before, during, and after reading a selection to help students better comprehend new information.

The Teacher's Role in Developing the Total School Program

6. The Teacher's Role in Developing the Total School Program

As a teacher, you bring curriculum plans and objectives to life for your students. In this lesson, we will explore your role in developing powerful and comprehensive instructional programs that incorporate school-wide objectives and the statewide curriculum.

Learning Environments Focused on Scientific Investigation

7. Learning Environments Focused on Scientific Investigation

Learn about why it's useful to teach through scientific investigation. Find out about the benefits and the challenges. Take a quiz to see what you can remember.

Designing & Conducting Inquiry-Based Scientific Investigations

8. Designing & Conducting Inquiry-Based Scientific Investigations

In this lesson you'll be exploring the exciting world of inquiry-based learning in science. If you're ready to have your students lead the lessons and create their own questions about the world, this is the place to start.

Promoting Logical Reasoning & Scientific Problem Solving in Students

9. Promoting Logical Reasoning & Scientific Problem Solving in Students

Logical reasoning is a practical skill students need to learn in order to be successful in math and science courses. In this lesson, we will look at the challenges to teaching logical reasoning. Additionally, we will look at teaching logic in the context of science.

Designing & Using Assessments Based on Curriculum

10. Designing & Using Assessments Based on Curriculum

Assessments based on curriculum tend to deliver consistent, effective results for a given curriculum design. In this lesson we will discuss the design of curriculum-based assessments and how to use them.

Maximizing the Student's Experience with Assessments

11. Maximizing the Student's Experience with Assessments

In this lesson, we will discuss three common types of assessments, what they entail and how to administer them in order to maximize the student's learning experience. The lesson will be broad and universal so that these assessment types will be useful for any subject.

Using Formal & Informal Assessments to Test Scientific Inquiry

12. Using Formal & Informal Assessments to Test Scientific Inquiry

Scientific inquiry is an important skill for learners at all grade levels. In order to assess this type of learning, science educators should use a mixture of formal and informal assessments. Learn about characteristics and examples of each type.

How to Evaluate Assessment Instruments & Their Results

13. How to Evaluate Assessment Instruments & Their Results

Assessments play a big part in the decision-making process of educators. In this lesson, we will look at key characteristics such as validity, reliability and variability, and discuss how they can help educators better evaluate the effectiveness of their instruments.

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