PTK Exam Prep Questions Quiz

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These are example questions for the PTK exam (professional teacher knowledge) for folks who are studying to take the exam to be the awesome teachers we need! Good lucK!

I used this quiz to help myself study by writing the questions and answers. You don't have to make one of these, but it works for me and my weird study needs.

Created by: Tonia Schultz

  1. A middle school teacher shows students leaf samples from different local plants before teaching the unit on plant structure. Using this exercise BEST accomplishes which one of the following goals?
  2. A high school geometry teacher has students complete practice problems in pairs during part of the class period. Which one of the following BEST describes the purpose of this activity?
  3. A physics teacher invited a roller coaster engineer to visit the class. The BEST explanation for inviting this guest speaker is so that students ________.
  4. Which of the following is the BEST reason for a teacher to assign a project that requires students to research several content areas at once?
  5. An English teacher has students independently brainstorm for 15 minutes prior to writing a rough draft. Which one of the following BEST describes the purpose of this activity?
  6. Which one of the following BEST describes the purpose of providing students with a graphic organizer for use during a reading assignment?
  7. Why is it important to review state standards before beginning a new unit?
  8. An English teacher wants students to be able to effectively write a persuasive essay to the PResident on an issue that matters to them. Which one of the following topics does the teacher need to teach FIRST?
  9. A history teacher instructs students to create a timeline to represent the unit they just covered. Which of the following BEST explains the purpose of this activity?
  10. What is the MOST important reason for a teacher to analyze class data before a new unit?
  11. What is the BEST way for a science teacher to end a lesson on cell structure?
  12. What is the MOST important reason homework should be given to high school math students?
  13. A science class just finished a unit on biomes. The unit included a project in which students made their own biomes inside of bottles. IN order to bring closure to the unit and also to assess student understanding, the teacher asks students the question, "What is a biome?" Based on the student reponses below, which student has BEST synthesized what he or she has learned?
  14. An elementary teacher is beginning a lesson on long division. Why should the teacher model each step in the process and allow time for practice between each new step?
  15. A teacher is beginning a lesson on quadrilaterals. She first shows the students examples of different shapes that can be quadrilaterals. Which one of the following activities should the teacher do to further define the features of quadrilaterals?
  16. After teaching a unit on the Revolutionary War and prior to assessing the students' understanding, which one of the following would be the BEST student activity for the teacher to assign to students?
  17. A class is beginning a unit on money and budgeting. Before beginning the lesson, the teacher asks the students if they receive allowance and what they do with the money they earn. What is the MOST important reason for the teacher to ask these questions?
  18. During a class lesson on the characteristics of living and non-living things, the teacher uses a dog as an example of a living organism. A student then asks if the teacher has a dog. Which one of the following would be the BEST response from the teacher?
  19. A fifth-grade teacher reads the class a short story and then points to a student, asking them to evaluate the actions of a character. The student does not answer and begins to blush. Which one of the following is the BEST approach to asking the same question without embarrassing the students?
  20. A teacher plans to have an open class discussion to culminate the study of a novel. The BEST seating arrangement for this type of instruction is ___________.

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