Sample Education Paper on Evidence of Teaching Practice: Artifacts and Commentaries

An essential part of educator assessment is based on your submitted evidence; how you planned, taught and assessed your lessons to deepen student learning. Artifacts represent your authentic work. They include lesson plans, copies of instruction and assessment materials and student work. Commentaries are your opportunity to describe your artifacts, explain the rationale behind your choices, and analyze what you have learned about your teaching practice and your student’s learning.

a) Select one course that you currently teach.

b) In narrative form, provide information about the course and student learners in your CTE classroom. See Context for Learning in edTPA Handbook pgs. 37 & 38

c) Select one segment of a Unit (5 consecutive lessons) that you will plan, instruct, and assess learning.

d) Determine the focus and explain in detail the Unit Summary portion of the planning document. Be sure all lesson objectives are in support of this summary.

e) Write and submit a detailed lesson plan for each lesson in the learning segment. Be sure to develop all sections of the NJDOE formatted Unit Plan document.

f) Select and submit key instructional materials needed to understand what you and the student will be doing. Label accordingly.

g) For one lesson plan submitted, choose one ELA skill or language demand important for your CTE course content material, explain why this skill is necessary for success in your CTE Course. Identify a learning task in the lesson plan where the students are supported in this skill development.

h) For one lesson plan submitted, choose one Math skill or math demand important for your CTE course content material, explain why this skill is necessary for success in your CTE Course. Identify a learning task in the lesson plan where the students are supported in this skill development.