NYSTCE: Test Prep

KNOW YOURSELF, KNOW THE TEST, KNOW YOUR RESOURCES

Use the test, don’t let it use you – or your students.

Below is a free booklet to get you started on test prep for the NYSTCE exams:

cropped-logo1.jpgA Guide to Calm and Effective Preparation for NYS Exams for Teacher Certification                                                   A Watson Guide _ EAS and CST Introduction

Frankly, if test prep isn’t about using critical thinking skills, I don’t want anything to do with it. As you prepare for your exams, try this:

Wear two hats – one the hat of a person preparing for a standardized exam, and the other the hat of a person who will be preparing their own students for standardized exams.

In other words, make every effort to use test prep as a means to help you explore ways you might approach test prep in your own classroom.

Specifically, I encourage you to teach through the test rather than to the test.

Q. Why should you pay attention to what I have to say?

A. I’ve worked with a few hundred students as they prep for the NYSTCE.

Also, as a former grade-school teacher, I’m passionate about helping people discover the potential of learning to write by writing. I have over a decade of experience teaching writing in public schools and have taught college level courses in Composition and Literature. I’ve worked as a writing consultant in public and private schools to help teachers invigorate their writing instruction, and I’ve taught a non-credit writing class for seniors.

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