Are you hoping to become a 7-12th grade teacher? Once you’re familiar with the PLT portion of the Praxis, try your hand at these Praxis PLT practice questions!
A: Kinesthetic learners respond to movement and hands-on activities. The correct answer is (A), because the student is able to manipulate objects to learn math principles. Colorful visual models and displays (B) will attract visual learners. Lectures and discussions (C) meet the needs of students who respond to verbal activities. Choice (D) relies on abstract reasoning and providing intrinsic motivation for that reasoning, and it is not particularly suited to kinesthetic learners.
D: Mandatory reporting is a law that requires a teacher or other caregiver to report suspected child abuse. Since the teacher suspects the bruising might be the result of abuse, (D) is the correct response. Parents are not to be alerted before a call to Child Protective Services (A), because it is the agency’s job to determine whether abuse has occurred and, if so, who is responsible. The mandated reporter’s legal responsibility supersedes the decision of any school official (B). Reporting under this law is not an option (C) but rather a legal requirement.
B: Ms. Sterling is engaging her class in problem-based learning because the students are directly collaborating to solve a real-world problem. Choice (B) is correct. In vicarious learning (A), students observe but do not engage directly in an activity. Mapping (C) allows students to make connections between ideas. Direct instruction (D) is explicit, teacher-led learning.
D: Analytical scoring measures a learner’s proficiency by considering the essential elements of the key learning skills involved. Therefore, the correct choice is (D) because it describes holistic grading, which focuses on the effect of an entire work. With analytical scoring, the student’s strengths and weaknesses are assessed for each targeted skill (A), making it less likely that only one skill becomes the focus of an assessment (B). Grade reliability is increased (C) because a variety of criteria are considered.