TIPS FOR PASSING GACE EARLY CHILDHOOD TEST (GA)

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  1. MARIABEN

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    Hello everyone!,

    I need all the tips, guidance, book suggestions, etc on how to study for and pass the Early Childhood education tests for GACE. I currently do not hold a teacher's certificate and I am not currently teaching. I have already downloaded the study companion on the website. Some of the concepts and words look completely foreign to me.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!
     
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    ECE exams - except for the ones that focus solely on pedagogy - are nearly always multiple-subject exams: they test reading/language arts plus math plus science plus social studies, and sometimes arts and PE into the bargain. One consequence of this is that the test taker's knowledge doesn't generally have to be very deep.

    One smart strategy is combing through the Study Companion for terms and concepts that you don't know - you've already noticed some - and looking them up online using your favorite web browser. Wikipedia is the test taker's friend: the first few paragraphs of a Wikipedia article can summarize the issue quite satisfactorily, and articles on topics in science or history are often accompanied by helpful graphics. If the Wikipedia article serves up an additional term you don't know as a link, follow the link, and so on.

    Since GACE is specific to Georgia, you can also try searching for Georgia's state content standards in early childhood education; the state department of education (DOE) should have such a document or a link to it, and chances are good that it will be free to download. If you rummage around a bit on the Georgia DOE website, you may also find resources for teachers or for parents that will clarify some concepts for you.

    What subject matter on this test has you most concerned?
     
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    thanks for replying! I'm nervous about both parts mainly the reading...
     
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    On the GA DOE website, what am I supposed to be looking for exactly?
     
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    Each state works a bit differently, and Georgia is far from one of the states I know best. What follows below, I found by searching using the string "georgia content standards early childhood education". Let me walk you through my research process: it may help you find things on your own.

    Fourth or so on the list of links that Google served up was Georgia Standards, www.georgiastandards.org: fortunately, this is a website of the Georgia DOE. On it you'll find the Georgia Standards of Excellence, the fairly new content standards in arts, science, social studies, math, and English/language arts for grades K-12. I bet the standards documents themselves can be downloaded for free. As an ECE teacher you will be responsible for knowing enough about that content through at least grade 6 to teach it or to discuss it intelligently with colleagues; think of the test as a good excuse to get up to speed. I'm also seeing tabs and links to some useful-looking supplementary information; the Content Area Frameworks should flesh out the content standards, and the Resources/Videos tab should have relevant items as well. If reading, or to be precise reading instruction, is a concern for you, look for English/language arts and reading resources, beginning with the English/language arts content standards.

    If I'd found a useful link to the Georgia Department of Education website, www.gadoe.org, first, I would have gone to its Learning and Curriculum tab; right there on the left is a link to Georgia Standards. Again, those are K-12 standards, and nothing there is obviously for early childhood education - but at the bottom of the page are links to a number of GADOE programs, including Bright from the Start, also known as the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), http://decal.ga.gov. On this page the Georgia Early Learning Development Standards show up under the Teachers tab, the Providers tab, and the Families tab, and also as GELDS in the quicklinks list farther down the page. The GELDS pdf turned up as the first or second item in my search, though in a version that evidently dated back to 2012 or so, so I ignored it - sometimes a web search turns up content that isn't quite current. but going to the DECAL website allowed me to confirm that the standards, and therefore the pdf, simply seem not to have been updated since 2012.

    If GACE's early childhood education test works like the ECE test in most states that have one, you'll be tested on your ability
    (a) to recognize typical vs. atypical development in each of the skill areas identified by GELDS and also at each of the developmental stages identified by GELDS;
    (b) plan and implement lessons and activities that balance age-level expectations with your students' actual levels and performance; and
    (c) grasp arts, language, math, science, social studies, PE, and health at levels consistent with being able to teach each of those.

    In practical terms, this means being able to associate a given age with its developmental milestones and vice versa. For instance, if a question stem mentions fine motor control, you'd know that the child is probably not a two-year-old; if a question mentions normal three-year-olds, you'd know they shouldn't be just beginning to walk or talk. I believe you'll be seeing mostly or exclusively standard four-answer multiple-choice questions: the correct answer choice is sometimes the best answer, but sometimes it is the answer that's left when you've eliminated the other three answers for being stupid.
     
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    Oh wow! You are such a big help! This will definitely help me a lot! Thank you kindly!
     
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    You're welcome, MARIABEN. Let me wish you, not so much good luck, but good hunting as you study and as you take the test.
     
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    :)
     
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    I just wanted to let you know that I have passed the reading and social studies section of the GACE!! I want to thank you so much for your help!! I am now studying for the second Early Childhood Exam. Its cover math, science, music, art and P.E.

    any tips would be greatly appreciated :0)
     
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    Congratulations on passing the reading and social studies, MARIABEN!

    To get through the next bit, the process is pretty similar: start with GELDS as a checklist to what you're supposed to know, and use the internet to look up terms that you don't already know really well. If math and science are particular areas of concern, you might look for Help Your Kids with Science and Help Your Kids With Math, both of which are published by DK (also known as Dorling Kindersley); Costco in my area carries the Help Your Kids With... series during back-to-school season for quite reasonable prices, and it wouldn't surprise me to find them available online year-round.

    Richard Byrne's fine and useful blog Free Tech For Teachers, www.freetech4teachers.com, is a good source for links to neat websites that review all sorts of subject matter.
     
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    Thank you so much for your quick response, you are so helpful! :)
     

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