How to Conquer edTPA Task 2

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 to complete edTPA task 2 with flying colors. 

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edTPA Task 2 Video Clip

Video clips are the primary evidence in edTPA task 2, so they can make or break a candidate’s edTPA submission. Follow the steps below to create a successful edTPA video.

Maintain Confidentiality

Three main aspects of confidentiality should be considered when working on task 2: 

Obtain Consent: Candidates need consent from students and adults who appear in their video clips. Distribute permission forms early in the semester to get permission before it’s too late.

Maintain Privacy: Candidates should not post classroom video(s) online or with people not involved in the edTPA assessment. The video clips should only be used to submit to edTPA.

Eliminate Identifying Information: Candidates should eliminate any identifying school information from video clips. School information may be shown on classroom posters or signs, but identifying details can be blurred out.

Prepare Adequately

Ever heard the saying “Fail to plan, plan to fail?” This phrase is spot-on when it comes to edTPA videos. Prepare to record high-quality videos by following these five steps: 

    1. Look over your edTPA handbook to ensure that you understand the video guidelines. Check out 5 edTPA Video Requirements to Review with Candidates for more specifics on edTPA video guidelines. 
    2. Thoroughly read your subject-specific rubrics before writing your lesson plans. Because your video is based on your lesson plans, reading the rubrics before you begin writing is key. 
    3. Collect the video and audio equipment needed. Although a smartphone or laptop is adequate for recording, you may choose to use additional resources.
    4. Practice recording your observation. Teaching in front of a camera can be nerve-wracking, but practicing will help you and your students look natural and confident. It’s also helpful to do a trial video to ensure that your video equipment is working properly. 
    5. Confirm that the audio and picture of your video is clear before hitting the record button.
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Edit and Transcribe

After recording, review your videos to make sure you really have what you think you do. 

As you edit, make sure to never work with the original video—always make a copy and edit that file. This will protect your video from the dreaded “deleted file” incident.   

Listen to your video and note any portions where transcription may be needed for additional clarity. Add captions to segments that are not clearly audible. 

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Instruction Commentary

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. 

Use your video submission to strengthen your argument and demonstrate your classroom management skills. Utilize timestamps from your video to guarantee crystal-clear evidence. By using timestamps, you 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, ask yourself how you can make the scorer’s job easy to identify the evidence and state the information clearly. Don’t hold back from sharing information in your writing because you feel repetitive. You should feel like you’re repeating yourself in your responses because you’re providing evidence. Be sure to address every part of the prompt. 

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Above all, don’t procrastinate! It takes time to obtain permission slips, create a lesson plan, record yourself, upload your video for review, and complete your commentary. Your 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 develop the confidence and skills you need to pass edTPA and take charge of the classroom. For more edTPA resources, download the Ultimate How-To Guide on edTPA Videos.

If you’re interested in more edTPA tips, check out 9 Simple Ways to Make edTPA Videos Less Daunting 

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Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity.Making Good Choices: Candidate Support Resource.” 
Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. Task 2: Instruction Commentary.
Martin. “Episode 1: edTPA Tips and Tricks.” eduCATE Podcast. 
Grissom, Standerfer. Episode 210 – edTPA Day.” TechTalk4Teachers Podcast.



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