Getting ready for my first TPA- Evidence of the Competencies

Now that I have been teaching for five years, I have to complete my first complete TPA, including all competencies and all components. The whole TPA process can be overwhelming and stressful and preparing for it has caused me some anxiety, I won’t lie. Due to a mid-year change in administration, I haven’t set my date yet for my evaluation, but I thought it was time to start getting prepared for my pre-observation meeting. I figured getting prepared early would alleviate some of the anxiety I am feeling.

In preparation for my TPA, I have read two really helpful sources of information:

1. The Ministry of Education has written a manual that outlines the entire TPA process. You can download and read the manual at It is a long read, but it outlines the process in detail.

2. The Professional Relations Department at ETFO has written two really helpful bulletins on the TPA process. I really appreciated guidance around all of the pitfalls to try and avoid.

Advice for members

Overview of the Process


I have also attending my local’s TPA workshop that was held earlier this year. At that workshop, the presenter encouraged us all to make our evidence of the 16 competencies really clear and accessible for our administrator. The presenter shared with us a variety of ways in order to present your evidence such as folders, a binder or photo books.  I have decided to gather a binder of evidence that shows my ability to demonstrate the sixteen competencies within the five domains. Here are a few pictures of the contents of my binder and how I have organized my presentation.

I organized the contents into the five domains. Below is a peak into the fourth domain.

I used post it notes to highlight how the contents demonstrate the competencies.









Getting evaluated can be stressful, but gathering evidence of your success in the sixteen competencies can go a long way to guiding your conversation with your administrator in a positive direction. You already do amazing things every single day in your classroom! Just gather up some of those materials and get ready to shine.



Updated: November 29, 2016 — 3:30 pm

The Author

Tammy Axt

I am a teacher of students with special needs in the Peel District School Board. This is my first year in the role and I am in the middle of a steep learning curve! I am loving every minute of this new experience with my amazing and cool students.

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