• Samantha Fecich

Take your EdTPA from "Meh" to "Marvelous" featuring Kali Thompson

Updated: Feb 11

Edumagicians,


Welcome to 2020! I have had so many listeners message me asking when I am doing an episode on the EDTPA. Well - you've asked for it and it's here! Today I have with me Kali Thompson she is going to share some tips and strategies to help your EDTPA experience go from meh to marvelous! Let's get started!

During this conversation we answer the following questions:
  • What is the EdTPA?

  • Strategies to organize it and be successful

  • How Nearpod can help you be successful with your EdTPA goals

Before we get started, bookmark these links:
The ins and outs of the EdTPa
  • 4 sections in elementary (3 sections of reading and one section for math)

  • 3 sections in middle and high

  • Sections are divided into planning, delivery, and assessment

  • During the planning sections: review your lesson plans and upload it in the format suggested by EDTPa. Reflecting on what you put into the lesson plan and why you developed it that way.

  • Teaching process - reflecting critically on your teaching delivery, methodology, and pedagogy. This is where you reflect upon the video that you recorded and submitted.

  • Assessment - Must provide a pre and post assessment piece. Analyzing growth and data.

  • The math section puts all three of these pieces together into one area.

  • Overall you need to be thinking and analyzing critically throughout the whole teaching process from planning to reflection.

Organize it all!
  • Have a binder or journal to organize your field notes

  • Document it all!

  • Only use documents you have permission to use

  • Mark out names

  • Permissions to use student video, work, and pictures

  • Reflect on a higher level. Some suggestions:

- What were the objectives? Did my students reach these objectives? How do I know this?

- Were they engaged in learning? How do I know this?

- If I were to repeat this lesson what would I do differently?

- Which pedagogy was demonstrated? Why did it work? Why did it not work?

- What is something that was interesting during this lesson?

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How can Nearpod help with my EdTPA?

It is a student engagement platform that you can use to embed activities, videos, virtual field trips, assessments, and more! Nearpod opens the door to help assess by keeping track of your reports and progress along the way for each student. You can document growth and differentiate a lesson for students!


Kali is passionate about education, technology, and people. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia College of Education.


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