The edTPA is a complex, professional assessment to help student teachers demonstrate their abilities in real classrooms. Not only must a student teacher record their lessons, they must also reflect and write about why they did during each step. At first, the edTPA system can seem overwhelming, however with the right resources (including websites and prep classes), student teachers can conquer the edTPA process with confidence.
Art is special. It takes a unique, creative mind to be an art teacher. Art teachers think differently and teach differently than the average techer. They realize there is no one way for a student to demonstrate a correct answer, and they work with students to develop solutions. Relating to the edTPA from an art instructor's perspective might seem difficult, but armed with the wisdom of like-minded peers: those waters can become easier to navigate.
This page was created as a resource tool where student teachers may find information about the edTPA, and the tools they need for successful completion. Keep in mind that these are concepts you have encountered before in your Block 1 learning classes, and this site is only to be used as a refresher with additional articles, blogs, and journals that you might not have seen before. You are also encouraged to review your own notes, articles, and journals obtained in your original classes.
In the classroom, it is important to realize that every student is unique, and learns differently. Teachers should accommodate those needs with multiple modes of learning. This section describes different modes of teaching that educators may use to engage their students, including VARK.
This section is about culturally reflective and relevant pedagogy. Culturally relevant teaching serves to open your students' minds, by leveraging cultural references to deliver core instructional content. A reflective teacher examines their own cultural context, and accepts that students' backgrounds will differ, but should be respected and aknowledged, not ignored.
Students should be able to talk about what they are learning, especially in art. Academic langauge in art can be rich and sometimes hard to parse, but correct terminolgy can help students understand the art world. A good educator should have an open dialogue with students to make it easier to communicate. This section will help you foster constructive classroom discussion.
There are many approaches to assessing your students; informal, formal, and gradients inbetween. It's hard to choose how to grade a student, and this section will explore healthy analytical assessment techniques.
New teachers should familiarize themselves with differnent student needs and abilities. In this section, you will find strategies and accommodation techniques to suit your style.
Arts Integration has been embraced by schools around the nation. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is changing to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), to answer the need for more arts-based learning in all classrooms. Students are learning that the arts belong not only in the art room, but can be applied across a variety of academic pursuits.
Lets be honest; the edTPA requires a lot of paperwork. This section will help you kick things off with the forms you need, to participate in and pass the edTPA.