Teaching Foundations Exam (TFE) for Single Subject Intern (ECO) Teachers

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  1. bdd

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    In addition to 50 multiple choice questions on teaching methods, the TFE requires completion of two constructed-response questions. One constructed-response questions presents a middle school standard and one presents a high school standard (in the subject matter of the test: English, Math, Science; http://www.ets.org/praxis/ca/requirements/). The constructed-response task is to develop lesson plans for each standard in 4 parts:

    1) Lesson plan sequence (informal outline acceptable) including a participatory or group activity, key reading skills to be achieved, and three assessment activities.
    2) Detailed description of the participatory or group activity.
    3) Detailed description of the reading skills activity.
    4) Detailed description of one of the assessment activities.

    Does anyone have an example lesson plan they wrote that sufficiently describes the instructional sequence? I don't really need one in any particular subject, because I just want to see an example of the procedure used.

    In case others want study tips, here's what I found so far:
    *test info and sample questions: http://www.ets.org/praxis/ca/requirements/
    *supposedly it's like the Praxis II
    *someone recommended the book Tools for Teaching (Fred Jones)

    Thanks!
     
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    TFE is, strictly speaking, a Praxis II exam, but it's more focused on teaching and less on subject matter than are the Praxis II exams that are used to establish subject-matter competency.

    I'm afraid I haven't any examples for you, no.
     
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    Because it's not a subject matter test, it's a teaching test.
     
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    The thread's where it belongs according to the way the Examinations for Teachers forum is organized.
     
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    So the TFE:Math isn't too bad. It's just like what they give you in the practice test online. Mult choice questions of similar difficulty, plus 2 written response questions, in the exact format as the sample problem. Of course, just be sure you know what special lesson plan adjustments to ensure for English language learners and students with special needs (such as AD/HD).

    The math part of the exam is that you have to know the subject matter enough to teach the prompt given. But it's basic stuff, if you took the CSET exams.
     
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    Sounds promising, bdd. Keep us posted, please.
     

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