Higher Education

Becoming a Middle School or High School Teacher in Texas, 1st Edition

  • Janice L. Nath University of Houston - Downtown
  • Myrna Cohen University of Houston - Downtown
  • ISBN-10: 0534638015  |  ISBN-13: 9780534638016
  • 480 Pages
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $112.75

About

Overview

BECOMING A MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IN TEXAS helps students master the competencies that will be tested on the new Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES), but it is more than just a test preparation guide: it provides a comprehensive introduction to the core topics that every Texas middle school and high school teacher must be familiar with, including adolescent development, how to meet the needs of a culturally-diverse population, planning, learning theory, technology, classroom management and assessment.

Table of Contents

DOMAIN I � DESIGNING INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT TO PROMOTE STUDENT LEARNING.
COMPETENCY 1.
Understanding Human Development for Middle School and High School Students.
Stephanie L. Knight, Texas A and M University, College Station; Terri Barber Kurz, Mississippi State University.
COMPETENCY 2.
Diversity, Learning and Assessment.
Anjoo Sikka, University of Houston-Downtown; Viola Garcia, University of Houston- Downtown.
COMPETENCY 3.
Designing Effective Instruction for Middle School and High School Classrooms.
Janice L. Nath, University o f Houston-Downtown.
COMPETENCY 4.
Considering a Range of Factors That Impact Learning for Older Children.
Sandy Cmajdalka, University of Houston-Downtown; Janice L. Nath, University of Houston-Downtown; Jane Thielemann, University of Houston-Downtown.
DOMAIN II � ESTABLISHING A POSITIVE CLASSROOM CLIMATE.
COMPETENCY 5.
Establishing a Safe and Productive Classroom Climate.
Myrna D. Cohen, University of Houston-Downtown; Viola Garcia, University of Houston-Downtown.
COMPETENCY 6.
Managing Middle School and High School Classrooms.
Terry Brandt, University of St. Thomas-Houston.
DOMAIN III � IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE, RESPONSIVE INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT.
COMPETENCY 7.
Strategies for Effective Communication.
Myrna D. Cohen, University of Houston-Downtown.
COMPETENCY 8.
Actively Engaging Middle School and High School Students in Learning.
Janice L. Nath, University of Houston-Downtown; Sandy Cmajdalka, University of Houston-Downtown; Leigh Van Horn, University of Houston-Downtown.
COMPETENCY 9.
Using Technology in the Middle School and High School Classroom.
Irene Chen, University of Houston-Downtown; Janice L. Nath, University of Houston-Downtown;
Mary E. Parker, West Texas A and M University.
COMPETENCY 10.
Using a Variety of Appropriate Assessment Techniques to Provide Feedback and Monitor Student Learning.
Pam Lindsey, Tarleton State University.
DOMAIN IV � FULFILLING PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
COMPETENCY 11.
Interacting and Communicating with Families of Older Students.
JoAnn Engelbrecht, Texas Woman's University; Lillian Chenoweth, Texas Woman's University;
Jennifer L. Martin, Texas Woman's University.
COMPETENCY 12.
Professional Roles and Responsibilities.
Donna Cunningham, Texas Woman's University; Lu Stephens, Texas Woman's University.
COMPETENCY 13.
Legal and Ethical Requirements for Middle School and High School Teachers.
Gary R. Clay, Houston Baptist University.
COMPETENCY 14.
STUDY AND TEST-TAKING SKILLS: PREPARING FOR AND TAKING THE TEST.
Janice L. Nath, University of Houston-Downtown; Cynthia G. Henry, formerly of University of Houston.
Index.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Janice L. Nath

Dr. Janice L. Nath serves as a University of Houston–-Downtown faculty member in the Department of Urban Education. She served as the Coordinator for Elementary Education, Director of the PUMA TRACS Program for Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification, and Assistant Director of the Internship Program; and headed a Professional Development School (PDS) site for many years at the university. She has been actively involved in field-based teacher education for many years, formerly serving as the chair and program chair of the AERA (American Education Research Association) Professional Development School Research Special Interest Group (PDSR SIG) and as the president of the Teacher Coordinators for Teacher Certification Testing (formerly known as the ExCET Coordinators Association of Texas). In addition to her work on BECOMING A TEACHER IN TEXAS, she co-edited FORGING ALLIANCES IN COMMUNITY AND THOUGHT: RESEARCH IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS.

Myrna Cohen

Myrna D. Cohen is a faculty member in the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston–-Downtown and serves as Director of the Center for Professional Development and Technology. She is currently chair-elect of the Consortium of State Organizations of Texas Teacher Educators (CSOTTE). She is past president of Texas Directors of Field Experience and has served as an officer and board member of CSOTTE. She also served for several years as co-editor of the Texas Teacher Education Forum and as a board member of Texas Teacher Educators (TTE). Dr. Cohen was Director of Field Experiences and Coordinator of Secondary Education in her previous position at the University of Houston–-Main Campus. Her areas of interest include teacher education, second language education, and student-centered strategies such as cooperative learning. She is co-author of the assessment monograph for the Reconstructing Texas Teacher Education Series published for the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. In addition to undergraduate and graduate university-level teaching, Dr. Cohen has had fifteen years of classroom teaching experience encompassing grades 2–12.