Preparing for the edTPA in Health and Physical Education

Preparing for the edTPA in
Health and Physical Education
Stacy Furness
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
• The edTPA or Education Teacher Performance
Assessment, is a pre-service assessment that takes place
during student teaching which is designed to determine
whether or not a new teacher has the skills to become a
licensed teacher.
• The assessment includes a review of the teacher
candidates’ authentic materials during student teaching,
including lesson plans, videotapes and student
(Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, & Equity, 2012)
What is the edTPA?
Who is completing the
What are the required
elements of the edTPA?
• Artifacts represent authentic work completed by teachers and
students. These include the context for learning, lesson plans,
copies of instructional and assessment materials, video clip(s)
of teaching, and student work samples.
• Commentaries are opportunities to describe artifacts, explain
the rationale behind their choice, and analyze what you have
learned about your teaching practice and your students’
learning. Note that although your writing ability will not be
scored directly, commentaries must be clearly written and well
(Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, & Equity, 2012)
What are the required
elements of the edTPA?
• HEALTH - How do the candidate’s plans build student use of
functional health knowledge, demonstration of health-related
skills, and development of beliefs and norms to help students
adopt and maintain healthy behaviors?
• PHYSICAL EDUCATION - How do the candidate’s plans
provide for a safe environment and build on each other and
include tasks that develop students’ competencies in the
psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains related to:
• movement patterns
• performance concepts and/or
• health-enhancing fitness
How is the edTPA unique in
Health and Physical Education?
• Activity – Mind Map – List all
words/phrases/concepts/ideas that
come to mind when you think of
this standard.
Types of Lessons
about Health
Beliefs and Norms
Types of
for the Learning
Learning Tasks
Needed to Ensure
Adoption of Healthy
Beliefs and
Necessary Prior
Strategies for
• Other ways edTPA Unique in Health/PE
• Our Standards - NASPE/NHES
skill/behaviors in health
Psychomotor/affective domain in PE
Our Theories
Videotaping guidelines (in a gym)
Videotape assessment in PE – Keep it simple (three examples)
How is the edTPA unique in
Health and Physical Education?
• Map the edTPA across the curriculum to determine where each area
is being covered and where you have holes
• Faculty need to use common language across programs
• Embed assessments across your curriculum
• example – assessment content – build assessment into a lesson plan –
assess learning in a field experience
• example – case studies – of students and schools in field experiences
to prepared for completing the Context for Learning
• Practice modified edTPA’s in various courses leading up to student
• Provide many opportunities for writing deep reflections on lessons
learned and observations
How can we embed the
edTPA into our programs?
• Adopt a lesson plan format that aligns to the edTPA
• Utilize terms found in the edTPA: central focus, content
standards, goals, objectives, prior knowledge, launch,
procedure, engagement, content/strategies, skills and
concepts(strategies), differentiation, planned support,
research/theory, academic language/language function,
feedback, informal/formal assessment and commentary
How can we embed the
edTPA into our programs?
• Utilize lesson planning as a formative assessment:
Model completing the lesson plan template with candidates
Work up to completing the entire template for a lesson
Provide detailed feedback to candidates
Scale back the level of detail required in lesson plans as
candidates demonstrate proficiency in an area
Select anonymous samples for peer revision
Organize candidate roundtables for peer-to-peer critiques
Evaluate a lesson plan from a peer for ideas to use when planning
Ask for advice from peers on an area of lesson planning that has
not yet been mastered by the candidate
How can we embed the
edTPA into our programs?
edTPA Resource Library
Formative Lesson Plan Model
Modify your own Health and PE
lesson template to include terms
from the edTPA
• Use Pearson scoring to identify weaknesses based on the
edTPA rubric – Where are you finding students
• Train faculty in local evaluation to gather qualitative data
on specific areas to inform curriculum
How can the edTPA inform
• SCALE, Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and
• AACTE, American Association of Colleges for Teacher

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