I am in the process of student teaching as well as trying to meet the extreme rigor of this edTPA requirement.
It is so far 35 pages single spaced worth of work. Endless hours to photo and edit documents as proof of works. Hours upon hours to read the handbook to try to understand what is expected. I think there are 14 rubrics for this monster that we should be referring too while working to perfect this beast.
In addition there are hours upon hours of video clips for us to be lucky enough to be able to watch for tips on how to do this edTPA garbage. Hours to set up a site for it all and taking and splicing video clips that match content requirements in addition to the strict time requirements . Additional time is spent trying to load the photos and video clips to the proper sites in the proper format.
All of this is due during the 9 weeks of my first student teaching placement which includes becoming active with school events, and staff meetings after school. I am having difficulty getting any sleep trying to meet my teaching requirements in addition to these edTPA requirements. I am too exhausted to absorb my student teaching, or my edTPA so what is the point of it all?? I am not able to do any of it well under this kind of pressure.
Most of us students are completely exhausted, and extremely stressed out. I also have two courses a week for my student teaching requirement to fit in here. I am not paid during my 18 weeks of student teaching and I have a home and a family to care for, so the 300 dollar fee is enormous for me, then if I have to repay this its going to be the thing that breaks me in the end. I have passed the praxis 1 the praxis 2 the reading foundations and now must pass this.
I am completely burnt out before I ever get to apply for a teaching position.