ABSOLUTELY NOT Another Reading Test Study Guide

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Cindy L. Cate resides in Iola, WI. Cindy spends her leisure time gardening, reading, relaxing in the pool, and hanging out with family. Cindy's first and most rewarding career was a full-time mother. During this time, Cindy earned a BS in Special Education and an MSE with a literacy emphasis. She enjoyed teaching at various grade levels as a learning disabilities teacher, reading teacher, and reading specialist. In 2012, she completed her EdD in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Her current research interest focuses on college professors' and preservice teachers' perceptions of high stakes testing. Presently, Cindy is an Associate Reading Professor at UW-Stevens Point.

Lynda D. Fernholz was raised on a small family farm, reading allowed her to daydream about places unseen and making a positive change in the world. Her first dream came true when she married Randy in 1980. With his love and support, Lynda became a reading teacher of middle school adolescents for nearly 20 years. She completed her PhD in Language and Literacy at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI and is currently an Assistant Reading Professor at UW-Stevens Point. Her passion is training preservice teachers to become effective at teaching reading to a wide audience of children. Along with her husband, Lynda enjoys spending quality time and traveling with her three adult children and grandchildren.

Jeannette E. Armstrong, raised in a small mountain cabin in California, grew up reading books for entertainment and pleasure. Her love of reading blossomed and led her to choose a career in the field of literacy and academia. After a 15-year career as an elementary and special education teacher, Jeannette is currently Assistant Professor of Education and the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. Jeannette is nearing completion of her doctoral degree in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her primary interests lie in the fields of equity in education, examining the link between poverty and literacy, and studying the effects of gender differences in learning styles and preferences. Jeannette and her husband live along the Mississippi River and enjoy kayaking, hiking, and exploring the Driftless Region with their two adult daughters.

ABSOLUTELY NOT Another Reading Test Study Guide

Cultivating Knowledge of Responsive Literacy Practices to Get Ready to TEACH and Pass the FoRT

Authored by Cindy L Cate, Lynda D Fernholz, Jeannette E Armstrong
Edition: 1

Reading methods instructors, preservice and practicing teachers must meet the challenges of cultivating a solid understanding of effective literacy practices to get ready to teach in classrooms across the country. If necessary-depending on the state you live in-you must pass the required foundational reading tests and student teacher performance assessments. Policies and mandates come and go, but meeting the challenge of understanding and implementing effective literacy practices never fades.

This book is organized into five sections with 14 chapters. Features include more than 70 chapter questions (similar to those found on literacy exams for teacher certification), teacher performance assessment support, a delightful cast of animated characters, graphic organizers at the end of each chapter, and QR code links to a custom website.

Section I: Preparing to Teach nurtures the heart and mind of preservice teachers and educators alike. The content commits to a comprehensive view of mindful, responsive, and effective teaching and learning. It provides instructors, preservice and practicing teachers a welcoming place to return, tracking their connections as they explore the other chapters. It celebrates community, conversation, and a commitment to the students we teach. Like starting a garden from scratch or improving the soil of an existing one, we begin with a deeper, more fertile view of literacy, so in turn, all learners thrive.

Section II: Literacy-Rich Environment examines how literacy behaviors intertwine and grow through each developmental stage. From the beginning, young children need quality literacy instruction and authentic reading and writing tasks. Whether a student is producing or receiving language, proficiency in the written, oral and visual skills of the language arts is critical. Like the master gardener, the most fertile literacy conditions nourish our students' minds and hearts.

Section III: Essential Components is devoted to teaching practices that support knowing how words work and their meanings, fluency, comprehension, and assessment. These essential components are highlighted in their respective chapters; however, they are also dispersed throughout all our chapters. Suggestions are also offered for working with English language learners as well as reluctant and struggling learners.

Section IV: Cultivating Knowledge waters the seeds of learning from each chapter to pass reading tests and educational teacher performance assessments. It is vital to share with readers the vision of effective and responsive literacy practices while still recognizing the gravity of initial teacher assessments. The authors share variegated voices, strategies, and tips to successfully answer multiple-choice questions, open response essays, and written commentaries.

Section V: Literacy Supplies farms our favorite teaching methods and strategies that instructors use in their methods courses. Know and Grow words in each chapter are presented through a manipulative, engaging vocabulary strategy. This activity is an effective way to learn words in the context before and after reading. The Flashcard Glossary chapter puts a unique twist on learning words, as words are organized into flashcard format.

The editors and contributors are a diverse village of concerned literacy experts, educators, preservice teachers, and friends. With determination, they mindfully plow these assessments within responsive literacy practices in preparation to teach and if necessary pass specific assessments that many states have mandated for initial teaching and reading licensure. In doing so, our practices match our beliefs about teaching and learning.

Publication Date:
1975868439 / 9781975868437
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics

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