edTPA task 2 is one way for aspiring teachers to prove that they’re prepared for the classroom.
The task requires pre-service teachers to submit a video clip, instruction commentary, and transcription of inaudible segments. Gathering the evidence needed is no small feat, and many preservice teachers feel overwhelmed by task 2.
While requirements may feel overwhelming upon first glance, there’s no need to worry. Below are several tangible tips and edTPA 2 examples to help candidates complete edTPA task 2 with flying colors.
Video clips are the primary evidence in edTPA task 2, so they can make or break a candidate’s edTPA submission. Take candidates through these steps and the advice below to prepare them to create a successful edTPA video for task 2.
Three main aspects of confidentiality should be considered when working on task 2:
Ever heard the saying “Fail to plan, plan to fail?” This phrase is spot-on when it comes to edTPA videos. Help prepare your teacher candidates to record high-quality videos by going over these five steps:
After recording, candidates should review their videos to make they’ve accomplished what they’ve set out to do.
After completing the video portion, edTPA candidates are required to respond to a series of prompts. While the prompts are different for each subject, the objective is the same—the candidate must analyze their teaching.
Tell candidates to use their video submission to strengthen their argument and demonstrate their classroom management skills. To do this, they must utilize timestamps from the video to guarantee crystal-clear evidence.
By using timestamps, they can reference the exact second where a specific task was accomplished. Timestamps should be used in every response, and the evidence marked by timestamps should be elaborated on to make your argument stronger.
When responding to the prompts, instruct candidates to ask themselves, “Do I make the scorer’s job easy to identify the evidence and do I state the information clearly?” Candidates shouldn’t hold back from sharing information in their writing because it feels repetitive. They should feel like they’re repeating themselves in their responses because they’re providing evidence. Oh, and tell them to double-check they’ve addressed every part of the prompt.
Above all, tell candidates to not procrastinate! It takes time to obtain permission slips, create a lesson plan, record themselves, upload their video for review, and complete their commentary. Their experience with edTPA will likely be more enjoyable if it’s not delayed until the last minute.
edTPA task 2 doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following these tips, you can help candidates develop the confidence and skills they need to pass edTPA and take charge of the classroom. For more edTPA resources, download the Ultimate How-To Guide on edTPA Videos.
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