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Believe and you will achieve the GTPA with Rene DeCata

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

During today's episode, I chat with Rene DeCata about all things Graduate teacher performance assessment (GTPA)! She shares her teaching story, tips, strategies, edtech, and more that you can use to tackle the GTPA. 💡 Fecich tip: Although this episode is about the GTPA, you can use the strategies listed below when collecting data in your classroom and organizing it all!

Listen to the episode and check out the notes below!
What is the GTPA?
  • Implemented in the Victorian Curriculum in Australia

  • The GTPA is completed by future teachers who are in their last placement round

  • The goal is to see if you can collect data and work samples, teach, analyze, and reflect on your work

  • It takes 2 to 3 weeks to complete. 💡 Fecich tip: Get started early.

  • Practice 1 - planning using data, seeing what students need, gathering data, how you selected focus students, and how you utilized students' prior knowledge in your lesson.

  • Practice 2 - teaching and learning - strategies by high-impact teaching strategies. Aligned with professional strategies. Which feedback and questioning strategies were used?

  • Practice 3 - post-assessment - How much did students learn due to your teaching practice after teaching? Data analysis and see if they improved and why or if they did not improve - why?

  • Practice 4 - Reflection - what did you think went well during the lesson, and what can be done better?

  • Practice 5 - Impact of teaching - select 2 scenarios that show your great teaching strategies and why.

Tips for organizing your GTPA content
  • Read the GTPA manual provided by your University to understand what it is exactly

  • 5 practices need to be completed

  • Create a folder for each practice on your computer with data. 💡 Fecich tip: Make sure you have a backup of your content using OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

  • Create a mindmap that shows the whole process 💡 Fecich tip: Use or canva to create a mindmap to get your ideas down and see the big picture.

  • Develop moderation sheets with your host teacher

  • Meet with the mentor teacher early so you can identify focus students and work on the content you will teach.

  • Complete a contact sheet before you leave placement - you can do this during your placement

  • Schedule time on your calendar to work on the GTPA

  • Make a list of what you need, so you don't have to go back in to collect data

  • Tech Tool 1: Excel for spreadsheets to show how data was collected and analyzed

  • Tech Tool 2: Screenshots of student work can be created using the snipping tool on Windows. 💡 Fecich tip: You might want to try Office Lens to take pics of student work. You can save it as an image or PDF!

  • Tech Tool 3: Word for formatting content

"Believe and you will achieve!" - Rene Decata
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