Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by Giana, Jun 10, 2019.
Jun 10, 2019
Anyone with any tips & or study material for Bio 6-12 id be super appreciative
Jun 11, 2019
Start by downloading the current Competencies doc, if you haven't done so already, and use it as a checklist.
Are you near a big bookstore (Barnes & Noble or university)? You could start by visiting it and leafing through the standard FTCE Bio prep books on its shelves. (Since no one book can cover everything without being hugely expensive, each book tends to address a somewhat different range of needs. Examining the books before buying decreases the likelihood of buying a book that's entirely wrong for you.) If all the books leave you dazed and terrified, and if you haven't had a laboratory-science class in the last ten years, your best preparation might be to take intro to biology at the local community college. If all the books have you muttering about what they've explained simplistically or wrong, on the other hand, you may not need that much preparation.
If the issue is brushing up your biology, and you used to know a bunch of this stuff, SAT II or AP prep guides might be helpful: be sure to supplement by using the internet. Wikipedia is the test taker's friend, and Richard Byrne's blog Free Technology for Teachers, www.freetech4teachers.com, is searchable and can direct you to the best YouTube biology channels.
If the issue is the teaching of biology, find the webpages where Florida's department of education has the downloadable content-standards documents and discusses them and/or pages on which the DOE posts helpful stuff for science teachers. If Florida hasn't already abandoned Common Core, and possibly even if it has, you should see references to NGSS (that's Next Generation Science Standards): read them, even if the state has already backed away from them, because NGSS pushes science literacy, and the real goal of high-school biology isn't to raise budding biologists, it's to ensure a citizenry that can read discussions of climate and environmental change, gene-splicing, reproductive and contraceptive technology, and similarly hot-button issues without being snowed by charlatans or demagogues. Let me also recommend searching the webz for the national, state, and regional organizations for biology teachers: those can offer amazing resources (and it's not unheard of for their names to pop up in biology-teacher tests).
You might also want to have a look at the discussions of other states' biology-teacher tests in this Single Subject Tests subforum.
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