Completing the edTPA
Advice from Former 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 is not new to them
- Create and follow a timeline!
- Record multiple lessons to get plenty of footage – shoot a lot of recordings
- Triple check your classroom before recording to be sure nothing that gives away the school/district or students full names
- Triple check the camera volume – it should be on high!
- Be sure that your learning segment has a distinct beginning and ending
- Do not stress out about finding a "perfect" clip, the reality is they do not exist and what matters most is how you respond to the teaching situation
- Keep all of your documents and files saved in ONE place – and keep a backup
- 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 created
- Work with your peers! Give each other constructive and honest feedback
- Score each other using the rubrics
- Utilize the "peer review/work days" provided by the college effectively
- Proofread everything twice and review the rubrics to be sure you answered everything