Praxis help: #49, 69, 89

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  1. ~Teacher~

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    I have to take all 3 tests in August and just found out today!!

    Lang Arts Middle School
    Math Middle School
    and Social Science Middle School


    THoughts? Suggestions? Anything in particular jump out to know??
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Wait a minute: why all three? Are you going to be teaching all three areas next year? (I'm not trying to suggest that it's impossible that one teacher could be competent in all three: it's just that the need doesn't tend to arise very often.)

    First thing to do is to find out just what each of them covers. You'll find Tests at a Glance documents for them on the Praxis Web site - go to http://www.ets.org/praxis, click on the Tests at a Glance link at the left side of the page, click on the link for tests listed in order, scroll down the list of tests till you find the ones you need, then click on the blue five-digit number to the left of the name of each test to download its Tests at a Glance document.

    The first digit of the five-digit number corresponds to which session of the day's testing it's given in. I haven't worked closely enough with Praxis tests recently to be able to remember whether it will even be possible for you to take all three of the tests you want to take on one day - you should doublecheck to make sure.

    For middle school language arts, you probably don't need to know phonics and the teaching of beginning reading, but you probably do need to know about techniques to improve kids' comprehension and you should need to know about literature and about writing.

    For middle school math, you probably do need to know algebra and simple geometry but you probably don't need to know calculus and you probably don't have to worry about techniques to teach kids simple addition.

    For social science, you almost certainly do need to know civics and various elements of US history; you probably need to know world history, and you should definitely review the Tests at a Glance document to see just what. I would recommend getting hold of a good historical atlas (which would be a fine resource for your classroom anyway).
     
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    TeacherGroupie - where are you employed?
     
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    Did I say something wrong?
     
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    Absolutely not. I asked once before, though, and you dodged it.
     
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    Yes, I did, didn't I?

    How much trouble do you want to get me in with Amanda?
     
  8. Mrs.SLF

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    While I have not taken those exams, I know a few people who have and they said it was not that difficult. (All of them passed with flying colors) I was told the social studies was a little random but other than that they were not that hard to pass. Unfortunately, I believe they did not really study for the exams so I couldn't tell you what they did for preparation. Good luck!
     
  9. Upsadaisy

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    I don't think any answer you give could get you in trouble unless you have done something wrong, TeacherGroupie. I doubt that you have.
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    Let's just say I teach some of this stuff.
     
  11. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    Hi,

    I am a current college student hoping to student teach in Fall 2006 (crosses fingers.) I too have to take the Middle School Math Praxis (0069) in August, it's the only one left I have to pass. Basically it covers everything except Trig and Calculus. Know your forumuals, esp. those pertaining to Geometry and shapes, specifically circles and cylinders. I have taken the Praxis Math 3x already and for the past 2x I have taken it received a score of 145. In Virginia, you need 163.

    As for English, I passed that one the 2nd time I took it. I will say you should be familiar with the following books and authors....The Outsiders, The Giver, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sisterhood of the Traveling pants Know who said and what certain quotes are from, for example: "Oh captain my captain"

    Know you don't have to necessairly read all these books, but do know an analysis about them.

    Hope this helps.
    I also hope I havent' given to much information that it seems like I'm "cheating" and giving people answers.
     
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    Thanks for all your suggestions...I'm really worried about the social science one because I don't really know the old history stuff....

    I have to take all three I guess to be compliant with no child left behind...last year they required me to take the Middle Level Endorsement (you can probably search and find my posts here from last year) My principal is trying to work with the state so I don't have to do this since I did what they said last year. I wish they would have told me long before now that's for sure!!
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    The Internet's a pretty good resource for history: look up the important terms using Google, and I think you'll find some engaging Web sites that would be useful to incorporate in your future teaching. Do bear in mind, by the way, that Praxis exams are teacher tests: giving a teacherly answer to questions is a very good idea.

    Important terms for ancient history (up to the fall of Rome) would include Egypt, Mesopotamia (Sumeria, Assyria, Hittites, Babylonian Empire and Hammurabi, among others), Minoan civilization, Phoenicia, Mycenaeans, Persian Empire, Athens (Pericles, among many others, democracy), Sparta, Persian War, Pelopponesian War, Alexander the Great, Alexandria, Rome (Etruscans, senate, republic, Caesar), Carthage, city-state. That's just a small selection, by the way. Look for connections among them and between the ancient history and the modern United States. (For one thing, why do so many of the 19th-century public buildings in Washington DC look the way they do?) Look for more terms than I've listed here - you'll see terms that recur, you'll see other terms you need to add - and make your own timeline(s).

    This stuff can be incredibly addicting: history is basically the collected gossip of the human race.
     
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    I do teach the ancient civil. so that won't be so bad...but the US history will be tougher since I don't teach that.
     
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    So in your case, do the connections the other way. There are also connections between US history and civics that you can exploit.
     
  16. wanateac

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    Has anyone taken the Middle School Science Praxis 2?
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    wanateac, could I have you launch this topic in a thread all its own, here on Single Subject Tests? I think you're likelier to get answers that way, since this thread seems to be about social studies and language arts and math.
     
  18. bamafan

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    I took the middle school math this past weekend. I felt like I did ok. We'll just have to keep our figners crossed. I need a 142 in Alabama to pass it. A fellow teacher of mine took the middle school science and he also felt like he did well. Neither of us are math or science people. We are both history teachers, so if we pass I think it is in the realm of possibility for anyone.
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Now, now, bamafan: I suspect you're too modest here.
     

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