Friday, 11 November 2016

How well do you think you know your CTET subjects?

CTET preparation
CTET is a great threshold for aspiring teachers and the right opportunity to launch oneself into a teaching career in schools – Government and the private ones alike.

The CTET is designed in such a way that a potential teacher is checked in a degree of depth and considerable breadth simultaneously for the challenges and scope that the teaching role would evoke.

The test needs an adequate level of preparation in CTET subjects, even if one has been academically sound and rigorous. The range and depth of subjects and the strength of multiple choice questions are enough reasons to motivate a candidate to take the test quite seriously.

An obvious subject here would be child learning & pedagogy that would drill into a candidate’s actual grip on the learning environment and all the variables that constitute it.

Whether it is for grades I to VI or for VI to VIII, it is advisable to get groomed well for this particular subject area, not only from a CTET preparation point of view but also for its significance in many practical aspects of the actual teaching job. This area encompasses many aspects like concepts and principles of development, the influence of environment, socialisation process, progressive education, the concept of intelligence and thought, social constructs, assessment of learning, critical thinking etc. The Language side would at the same time complement this part with segments like how children think, the social context of learning, alternative learning processes, personal and environmental contributors to learning, etc.

Language is strongly supplemented with comprehension in the test and extends into facets like grammar, classroom diversity, proficiency, teaching materials, and even remedial teaching. So candidates would have to equip themselves with that perspective and depth and be strong enough for questions that would be testing comprehension, grammar, and verbal ability with prose passages and more.

Subjects like Mathematics, Science etc., give another fundamental texture to the test and its role in sculpting better teachers. So be sharp and revisit Algebra, Fractions, Geometry, Symmetry, Ratio, Proportion, Number system – almost everything that is basic. Same goes for Science.

Environmental Studies or Social Studies subjects like History, Geography etc., would also need the same approach for CTET preparation. The multiple nature of questions adds a different level of difficulty and therefore the need for a comprehensive understanding of the areas in question. There is less scope for banking on subjective elements and shallow treatment to any area would only hinder one’s candidature.

The test intends to evaluate a teacher’s angles of proficiency, skills, and attributes that would matter a lot in the actual classroom. One cannot simply ignore crucial areas like education psychology, learner interaction, or on being a good facilitator of learning. Languages test one’s readiness on the medium of instruction so it is extremely important as an assessment area.

The test drills into conceptual strengths as well as on problem-solving abilities and how pedagogical skills with the subjects come into play. Topics depend on the grade bracket but the difficulty level and syllabus distribution would essentially be to a level that’s helpful in assessing a candidate’s readiness for the role.

Be sure that you choose the options available, for instance – the language or medium of instruction, depending on your real ability, ease or potential. You can also tap into learning platforms and Institutions to take help from experts for the right direction in the whole preparation journey. It is important to understand the relevance and rationale and put that in alignment with one’s real inventory of strengths and weaknesses.

Prepare smart. Prepare in a practical way. And prepare with the bigger picture in mind.

All the very best! 

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