Sunday, June 19, 2011

National Boards

This post is for all my National Board Certified teachers. I REALLY want to begin my National Boards over the summer. I have looked at all the information and I am excited to get started. I have heard many things about how hard the papers are and how much harder the test is, but I really want to do it anyway. I would love to hear from you if you have taken your boards, if you are taking you boards or if you have any suggestions, comments or thoughts.
What was the hardest part for you? How can I make my life easier as I begin this process? What areas did you choose to get your certification in?

3 comments:

  1. I would love to know more about this too! I am a teacher in NY and I really don't know anything about being Nationally Board Certified.

    Ali

    What happens in kindergarten... lasts a lifetime

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  2. Hi!
    I became Nationally Board Certified last year in Early Middle Childhood Literacy. You are in a good place if you are thinking about starting the process now. (I didn't begin until October, so I missed out on having the summer to prepare myself.) What area are considering certification in? EC Gen or EMC Lit?
    Once you decide which area you want to certify in, I suggest you print out the general portfolio directions, the portfolio directions for the area you want to certify in, and all of the standards and start yourself a nice big binder. Start thinking about, and writing your Documented Accomplishments. That is something that you can get a good start on over the summer. Yahoo has groups for many of the certification areas and ProTeacher also has a National Board room called the Iris Room. Join both if you can and network with others who are going through/have been through the process. Do you have support from your district or other NBCTs in your area??
    I am here if you want any help or encouragement along the way!! Contact me at any time!
    ~ Mrs. Mc
    Little Literacy Learners

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  3. Thank you for the information, you were a big help. I am going to get certified in literacy I believe. I have not heard of any support from my distric yet. I would love that though!

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