FLORENCE – Students entering the teaching profession are required to prove their competence and commitment at all levels of their education through testing. Francis Marion University Senior Lindsey Springs recently leaped towards her goal of becoming a classroom math teacher, receiving the highest score among FMU students on the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) section.
Springs’ score of 189 placed her in the top .1 percent of those who took the test.
The Praxis II subject assessments recently taken by Springs measured her knowledge of K-12 math, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. These include subject assessments, PLT tests and teaching foundations tests.
Springs said studying and taking the practice tests prior to taking the actual test really paid off.
“I was a little nervous about taking the test but when I left, I was confident I had at least passed,” Springs said. “I had no idea I had done as well as I had.”
This Florence native is a math major with a minor in sociology. She is a 2004 graduate of South Florence High School where she met calculus teacher, Sherri Young, her inspiration to become a math teacher.
After graduation, Springs hopes to get a job teaching in the local area.
“Eventually, I plan to go to graduate school and get my master’s in mathematics education,” she said. “I may even get my Ph. D. and teach at the post-secondary level one day.”
Her advice to other students who take the test is to purchase the book written by Anita Woolfolk and study it.
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