CTET Preparation : The Strategy of Elimination

TET - CTET Preparation : The Strategy of Elimination

As CTET Exam February 2016 is drawing
closer, we bring you an important strategy that can improve your score manifold
called Elimination Strategy. Whether you are working on Child Development and
Pedagogy or on Mathematical or Language Pedagogies, strategy of Elimination is
highly useful strategy on CTET.

As the name suggests, elimination means
eliminating the choices to reach to the right answer. Consider the following
question from CTET September 2015 Paper:

Which one of
the following statements about children would Vygotsky agree with?

Children learn through social
interaction with peers and adults
Children learn when they are offered
lucrative rewards.
Children’s thinking can be understood
by conducting laboratory experiments on animals.
Children are born evil and need to be
controlled through punishment.

If you scan through the choices, you can easily eliminate
choices c) and d). It is irrelevant to what Vygotsky’s theory says. Those two
choices are clearly absurd.

Which one of
the following statements about children would Vygotsky agree with?

a)      Children learn through social
interaction with peers and adults
b)      Children learn when they are offered
lucrative rewards.

c)       Children’s thinking can be understood
by conducting laboratory experiments on animals.
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d)      Children are born evil and need to be
controlled through punishment. 
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Now we are left with options a) and b). Option
b) seems to be true sometimes in our practical life. But think of it, can you
really make children learn just by offering them rewards. Option (a) is clearly
the most accurate answer. Even if you didn’t know Vygotsky’s theory, you still
can choose option (a) just by using general common sense.


Now try the elimination strategy on another
question from CTET 2015 September Paper II
India has a lot of Linguistic
diversity. In this context, what is the most appropriate statements about
multilingual classrooms at primary level especially class I and II ?

a)      Students
should be penalized for using their mother tongue or local language.
b)     
The schools should admit only
those students whose mother tongue is the same as the language of instruction.
c)      
The teacher should respect all
languages and encourage children to communicate in all of them.
d)      The
teacher should ignore children who use their mother
tongue in the class.

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