Saturday, March 3, 2012

National Boards

Well in two weeks I mail my National Boards portfolio. This has been a very LONG process. I sat down and started writing my first entry in July and even still to this day I am editing. I started blogging about this process hoping that it would clarify some things for those who have contemplation starting the process. After everything I have done, I have tried to summarize my thoughts about this project.

My advice:
Start early and DO NOT procrastinate. 
Prepare to spend at least 300 hours planning, writing and editing.
Don't worry if your not the best writer... find good editors :)
Read all papers and directions before starting
For each entry type up each question and then answer it underneath. Do not remove questions until the very end.
Include standard key words
Join the Iris room
Have someone who is not in education read your entries

Thanks to everyone who had helped me especially Katie, Debra, Melissa, Emily, Chad and Shannon I know it is an extremely time consuming process to edit each entry. Never mind editing each entry 10 times :) Katie your're a rockstar!


  1. Good Luck!! I got mine almost 10 years ago...gosh, time flies!!!

    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Good luck! I completed mine 2 years ago and it was well worth it! I learned so much about myself as a teacher. =)


  3. Congratulations on almost being done! What an accomplishment! I achieved 2 years ago and agree with every piece of advice you have given your readers! Best of luck with the assessment center!!

    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

  4. Good Luck on National Boards! I just gave you an award. Stop by to check it out!
    Barrow's Hodgepodge

  5. I can only imagine the day I will use your advice:) You will do great Teamie!
    The Schroeder Page

  6. Just stopping by to tell you I love your blog and I've passed on an award to you. Stop by my page to get the details!!

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  9. I awarded your blog a 10! Didn't see that last comment. Come by and check it out!

    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

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