Thursday, September 1, 2011

Self-Administered Test on Teachers and Teaching : True or False (with built-in answers)

Dr Abe V Rotor

1. The Anecdote, a form of story telling, is Christ’s powerful teaching tool. (False, parable)

2. For effective teachers what is most important is the substance and its delivery through verbal means. Kinesics or body language contributes about 10 percent of teaching effectiveness. (False, higher value)

3. Nodding your head means approval, but it could also mean at the same time sign of respect. (True)

3. Folding arms across chest may be understood as competitive attitude or even resistance to change. It should not be used often in teaching. (True: maton attitude has no place in the classroom.)

4. Scratching your head whether you are a teacher or student may be understood as embarrassment or insult. (True. This is a mannerism outside the classroom)

5. Body tilted forward means that to get attention, so that the speaker must have to make himself clearer and to talk louder – or explain further. (True. Give the favor or benefit of the doubt.)

6. Extending arms out in front with palms up should never be used by teachers, more so by students because it violates humility. (False, this is a good gesture – just do it with respect.)

7. Covering your face and tapping the table is a reaction of one who is embarrassed. (False – impatience, too which does not go with good manners)

8. There are teachers who wag a finger. It means blaming and warning the students at the same time. (True, avoid as much as possible.)

9. Handshake with a smile is a genuine expression of recognition, which teachers must used often on the right occasion. (True, but be genuine with your intentions – not the politician’s way. )

10. Humanities and Science must go together in teaching. This requires the use of both the left brain which is creativity and the right brain which is for logic or reason. (False, brain lobes interchanged)

11. Handwriting is a mirror of your personality. This means that a person who is good in classical writing style has a better personality than one who is poor with this style of writing. (False)

12. Never allow your students to critique you as their teacher inside the classroom. Confront them after class. (False, be open to them even in the classroom.)

13. AJA is the acronym of a useful guide in making decisions and acting on the decisions properly. It means Action Judgment and Analysis. (False. Analysis first)

14. Tell your child to change wet clothes immediately to prevent colds. In the absence, of dry clothes or towellete, it’s all right to place newspaper under the wet clothes to absorb perspiration and keep the back warm. (False, newspaper contains chemicals, like lead.)

15. Be like the Greeks, specially Demosthenes, and practice talking before the mirror. Tape your voice and listen to it. Get an expert to critique you on how you talk in front of people. (True, always aim at self improvement.)

16. As a teacher aim at developing a low pitch, and high volume of your voice - like a radio announcer. (False, whether you are male or female, and other factors – level of students)

17. These two should go together always: articulation and logic. (True)

18. Tempo is the speed of talking, while Rhythm places emphasis on different words and the cadence of speech. (True)

19. Non-verbal messages are transmitted through human actions and behaviors rather than through words. These occur mostly face-to-face. The impact of each component is as follows: Facial – 25%; Vocal or Verbal – 75% (False 55% and 45%, respectively)

20. When you are angry the pitch of your voice goes up. This is but natural and students will understand. In fact this is one way you should instill discipline in the classroom. (False. Generally an angry voice is of a higher pitch. That’s why we say to an angry person, “Don’t raise your voice.” True, there are some who, if angry talk with a lower pitch, oftentimes aloud and exaggerated. It speaks of fine social grace to be able to maintain the pitch and volume of our voice even when we are angry.)

21. When posing for a photograph, relax your shoulders. (True. You will be surprised on how relaxed the muscles of your jaw, cheek, and forehead become, radiating to your nape and torso and then to your arms and legs. Use this technique when you are in for a stage fright or nervousness in a conference. It even induces you to sleep.)

22. Dr. Albert Schweitzer was great English explorer and teacher-missionary in Africa who became famous for his philosophy “reverence for life.” (True. He was one of the last great explorers to bring knowledge, peace and Christianity into the Dark Continent.)

23. We are all teachers in our own rights – parent to children, elders to the young ones, extension worker to farmers, broadcasters to audience. (True)

24. Mother Teresa’s example of service to the “poorest of the poor” is a model of a true teacher. We have a Mother Teresa Awardee Filipina in the person of Sis Eva Fidela Maamo, who is also a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Community Development . (True.)

25. The Enhancers of teaching are the requisites or “musts” for the attainment of teaching expertise; while the Essentials are teaching practices and behaviors contributory to teaching expertise. (False, other way around)

26. Subject matter expertise means thorough/excellent knowledge of content, being up-to-date with the latest developments in their fields; knowledge of the interrelationships among the structural elements or concepts of the subject matter. (True)

27. Knowledge of the relationship of the lesson with other courses is good but not necessary in effective. (False)

28. Classroom Management Expertise is the ability of the teacher to efficient handle routine activities and time management – All expert teachers manage classroom routine and time efficiently. The teacher is familiar with the names of his students, and knows who is absent, who is a fast or slow learner. (True)

29. More than half of the experts (58%) do not check attendance because the students are properly monitored and absenteeism does not pose a problem. Classes start and end on time. The teacher employs different ways of maximizing class time, such as the use of OHP, and other instructional devises, including handouts. (True)

30.Maintenance of students’ on-task behavior - 92% of the experts use this enhancer. They use socialization techniques, encourage students to recite, motivate, and check their progress. There is never a dull moment in the classroom for an expert teacher. (True)

31. 90% of the expert teachers use varied teaching strategies. The expert teachers demonstrate facility in the use of varied instructional strategies, demonstrate knowledge of different teaching strategies, adopt group dynamics, and are particular in instructional clarity. They have the ability to simplify and clearly present lessons. (True)

32. Use of varied teaching strategies –The expert teachers employ other than lecture and recitation, song and movement, role-playing, pantomime, choral; reading visual imagery, concept mapping, brainstorming, contest, simulation, oral debate, cooperative learning etc. depending on the needs of the subject. (True)

33. All the expert teachers are very fluent, articulate and have good voice quality, like a DJ. They use English, and Pilipino often. (False)

34. The expert teacher spots and readily identifies students who experience learning difficulties. Thus he makes provisions to encourage students, or to prevent the occurrence of learning difficulties, as may be the case. Sensitivity to students’ learning problems/difficulties. (True)

35. Classroom humor – Filipinos are fond of humor, but not even one-half of the expert teachers could ignite laughter in class through jokes and anecdotes. (False)

36. In Jonathan Swift is a a popular novelist and poet, as well as a teacher, mainly for his trilogy of “The Travels of Gulliver.” the third and last travel of the kindly doctor is the world of the spirits and of the dead. (True)

37. Generally, the less intelligent a person is, the more he is sensitive and most likely affected by psychological/emotional problems. (False)

38. Homo sapiens mean “thinking man” while Homo faber is “playing man.” (False, faber is playing man.)

39. Beliefs, perceptions and views originate and are naturally produced by a local community, thus called communal property. Among these works are Iliad, Odyssey and Lam-ang. (True)
40. Traditional wisdom and ethno-science still no longer flourish in Philippine traditional cultural communities, because they are regarded as "superstition" and "works of the devil". (False. They are much felt and visible in rural communities.)

41. For the science educator and communicator, the trend of research is towards the unknown, and must bear away from tradition and the past for these have very little scientific bases. (False, they are as important as prospective research)

42. Globalization, along with information and communication in hi-tech form, very much affects the cultures of peoples and nations in the world today. The global market regime continues to erode the cultural rights of local communities. This is the trend that is happening throughout in the world. (True)

43. Our ancestors were a happier lot than us today. They had more time for themselves and their family, and more things to share with their community. They lived healthier lives and were endowed - more than we are - with the good life brought about by the bounty and beauty of nature?

44. Modern music makes a wholesome life; it is therapy. It is unlike ethnic music. (False)

45. Village folks sing or hum as they attend to their chores; they have songs when rowing the boat, songs when planting, songs of praise at sunrise, songs while walking up and down the trail, etc. Seldom is there an activity without music. Even the sounds of nature to them are music. (True)

46. Here is one example of a fallacy that education should correct today: thunder and lightning spawn mushroom because is just one of the ancestral belief handed down to us. (False, it should not be.)

47. Haystacks (mandala) once dotted the ricefields as we once knew when we were schoolchildren, but because they are inefficient for storing harvest and hay they have become obsolete. (False, the mandala is an is an engineering feat, and an efficient system of storage on the farm)

48. By examining the physical characteristics of plants we can read how nature intended them to be used. This is a belief called Doctrine of Signatures. (False,physical appearance has nothing to do with the curative powers of plants, or animals for that matter. It is true that garlic is an effective respiratory cure, but it is its active ingredients that are responsible for it.

49. Children nursed with formulated infant food prove to be more intelligent as in the case of a girl claimed by a milk company to have an IQ higher than that of Galileo. (False)

50. Breastfeeding allows longer spacing of children; it’s nature’s way to allow the baby to be weaned properly, and the mother to recover fully before having the next child. This is only an unfounded claim of a group fighting the multi-national companies’ claim on the superiority of their infant food products. (False, mother’s milk is still the best; this is indeed nature’s way of family planning.)

NOTE: Courtesy of Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (school-on-air), 8-9 o'clock evening Mon to Fri 738AM DZRB [www.pbs.gov.ph]

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