The main reason I started blogging was to grow professionally, but there were other reasons as well. Those reasons being to document my days in the classroom, as well as provide resources for other teachers. In light of these things, I decided I would document my process through National Boards. I know that this may not be interesting to many readers, but I am sure that there are some who are going through the process with me or plan to do it someday.
My hope is that documenting the process will help other teacher seeking certification who are as anxious as I am. It's my way of paying it forward to those who have encouraged me along the way. Before I begin, I want to give a shout out to three wonderful teachers who have inspired me to begin this process, Mrs. Fox, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Hewett. Without the four of you there is no telling if I would have ever build up enough courage to started this process. Let me start by by saying that this year, I drove my colleagues nuts about their experience taking National Boards. Before school would start we would sit in my "book nook" and talk about it. I would interrupt their lunch to ask them even more questions and now that school is out, I just go to their house during their 31 Party and aggravate them (sorry Foxy :) ) I am grateful to have such great friends to help support me. In teaching it is easy to be competitive with scores, bulletin boards, accomplishments etc. but in my circle, we are each others biggest supporters. Information about educational leadership programs is available for teachers who are looking to advance their knowledge in school leadership fields. Professional development is an important aspect of our field.
So far I have read, The Teacher's Guide To National Board Certification by Adrienne Mack-Kirschner (which has been a big help) and spent hours reading ProTeacher Iris Room message board (thanks Mrs. Mc @little literacy learners for that tip). I copied my teaching license and sent it in to make sure that I am eligible before I invest too much money or time. I have also looked at Entry 4 and began making a list of my accomplishments. For those of you who have not started the process, Entry 4 is all about documenting you accomplishments and how those accomplishments have had impact on your students learning. That has been difficult for me. I can rattle off my accomplishments, but to be honest its hard to make a strong connection between them and student learning. I know there is a connection ... but I'm drawing a blank :) I hope that my journaling about this process is helpful to others as well.