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Singfree 08-10-2018 05:08 PM

Student Teaching, edTPA, workload
I'll be student teaching this fall and spring semesters! It really is rather overwhelming. They now require the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) to be completed during student teaching. Also, I have many outside course assignments not directly related to student teaching, so I've been concerned about having adequate time to do the best job possible for my students and for the purpose of landing a job. Was your student teaching filled with a lot of extra work on top of lesson planning and taking over for 16 weeks? Did you do the edTPA? How did you manage it all? Thanks in advance!

GatsbysDream 08-21-2018 09:14 AM


I student taught in 2011, so it was awhile ago and pre-edTPA.

Are you in NJ? If so, the gauntlet we run is insane, but well worth-it.

I handled the workload one day at a time. I met with my cooperating teacher around this time and helped set-up the classroom in addition to taking home textbooks I would need to complete lesson plans.

I would usually work on my lesson plans first and then I would spend the weekend (Saturday) on the larger assignments for University, such as the IOSL and reflections for observed lessons.

It's all about budgeting your time wisely. Avoid procrastinating and putting things off; do them in small increments if you need to. Feel free to message me with any questions.

1889 08-27-2020 09:51 AM

I'm in the same boat with student teaching and EdTPA. Not knowing what to expect is the most stressful part, but everyone including our students are feeling the same way. One day at a time and don't procrastinate is how I have been going about things. I don't think anyone has a better plan than that. One thing that helps is my program is pretty good (Western Oregon University) and I trust them to keep me informed and assign the stuff that will get me prepared.

BadKitty 08-27-2020 01:18 PM

I did not have to do edTPA, but my sister did (she is several years younger than me). All I can say is good luck, I'm sure you'll do great! Just make sure to stay organized, get a nice big planner, and hopefully your co-op teacher is a good one :)

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