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PPR Test Practice Questions + Tips #3

The purpose of the PPR 160 test is to ensure that educators understand the fundamental concepts and practices related to teaching and can demonstrate their ability to create a positive learning environment, engage students, manage classrooms effectively, and uphold ethical standards in their profession.


Evaluating the Exam's Type of Questions

The exam evaluates teachers' knowledge in areas such as:

  • instructional planning and delivery (effective teaching techniques & inclusion)

  • assessment and evaluation (best type of assessment or way to check for learning)

  • classroom management (keeping students safe and classroom friendly for students)

  • professionalism (being a teacher means being a leader)

  • student-centered learning (refrain from exclusion and keep your classroom growing in knowledge through social practice, activities, and other differentiated approaches)


Student Centered Learning

The purpose of student-centered learning is to shift the focus of the learning process from the teacher to the student. In student-centered learning, the students take an active role in their education, becoming engaged, empowered, and responsible for their learning journey.

- Active Engagement - Personalized Learning

- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

- Ownership of learning

- Lifelong learning skills A couple of key ways teachers can increase student centered learning are as follows:

  • Active engagement: Student-centered learning aims to actively involve students in the learning process, encouraging them to participate, ask questions, and explore concepts on their own. - This helps to deepen their understanding and retention of knowledge.

  • Personalized learning: Students have different learning styles, interests, and strengths. Student-centered learning recognizes and accommodates these individual differences, allowing students to learn at their own pace and explore topics that are personally meaningful to them.

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving: By placing students at the center of the learning process, student-centered approaches foster critical thinking skills and the ability to solve real-world problems. - Students are encouraged to analyze, evaluate, and apply knowledge in meaningful contexts.

  • Collaboration and communication: Student-centered learning often involves collaborative activities and projects that promote teamwork, communication, and social skills. - Students learn to work effectively with others, share ideas, and express their thoughts and perspectives.

  • Ownership of learning: Student-centered learning empowers students to take ownership of their education. They are encouraged to set goals, reflect on their progress, and make decisions about their learning path. - This helps to foster a sense of responsibility and motivation.

  • Lifelong learning skills: Student-centered learning goes beyond acquiring subject-specific knowledge. It aims to develop lifelong learning skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, adaptability, and self-directed learning. - These skills are essential for success in the rapidly changing world.

You may see questions that relate to student centered learning for example:


1. You are a math teacher planning a lesson on fractions for elementary students. To make the learning experience more engaging, you decide to incorporate scenario-centered learning. Which of the following activities aligns with this approach?

A) Asking students to complete a worksheet with fraction calculations. B) Providing a hands-on activity where students divide up a pizza into equal parts and calculate fractions. C) Presenting a lecture on fraction concepts and procedures. d) Assigning a reading assignment from a math textbook on fractions. The correct answer is:

D) It allows teachers to update their instructional strategies and stay current with research-based practices. Correct Answer: b) Providing a hands-on activity where students divide up a pizza into equal parts and calculate fractions. Key words: hands on activity / student focused language 2. As an English teacher, you want to teach a lesson on character development in literature. To engage students, which of the following activities would be most effective?

a) Assigning a worksheet with multiple-choice questions about character development.

b) Having students work in groups to create skits that demonstrate character development in a specific story.

c) Showing a slideshow presentation with definitions and examples of character development.

d) Assigning a reading assignment from a literature textbook on character development.

Correct Answer: b) Having students work in groups to create skits that demonstrate character development in a specific story. A C and D focus on assigning worksheets, individualized learning, or teacher-taught lessons. These assignments and teacher-modeled learning are great but don't reach students individually to help build a student-centered learning environment where the student is in control of their learning.


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