Advice for Completing the edTPA by Former edTPA Student Teachers
- Read the handbook!
- Talk with your SBE right away to be sure they understand the edTPA
- Start observations early to determine who you want your focus student to be
- If required, get your permission slips out to families as soon as possible and keep a list so you know who cannot be seen in the video.
- Familiarize yourself with the camera – shoot a test video, upload and edit a practice one
- Familiarize your students with having a camera in the classroom so when that you “go live”, it isn't a big deal
- Follow a timeline!
- Videotape multiple lessons to get plenty of footage – shoot a lot of video
- Triple check your classroom before filming to be sure there is nothing that gives away the school/district or students full names
- Triple check the camera volume – it should be on high!
The Writing Process
- Be sure that your learning segment has a distinct beginning and end
- Do not stress out about finding a "perfect" clip, the reality is they don’t exist and what matters most is how you respond to the teaching situation.
- Keep all of your documents saved in ONE place – and then back it up in another – but be sure it is all together. The horror stories are real – don’t be one of them.
- Cite research where it says to site research
- When it says "do this OR this" replace it with "do this AND this"
- Refer to the handbook AND the rubrics when answering your questions
- Stick to the timeline you agreed to follow!
- Work with your peers!! Give each other constructive and honest feedback. Score each other using the rubrics.
- Your peers are your best support!
- Utilize the "peer review/work days" provided by the college effectively ~ be ready to peer review
- Proofread everything twice and review the rubrics to be sure you answered everything