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Sunday, November 20, 2011

National Board Certfied Teacher

Congratulations to all the new National Board Certified Teachers! I was certified in Literacy:Reading/Language Arts in 2009. Easily, I remember the nervousness and anticipation of the arrival of scores. I remember screaming at the top of my lungs when I read "Congratulations!" I remember the many phone calls I made and received. I remember mourning with a close friend who did not certify by only a few points. That day ranks as one of the most profound memories of my life.

Becoming an NBCT is by far the best professional development I have ever partaken. One learns to reflect on their own teaching in relation to student engagement. Throughout the year of creating my portfolio, I grew tremendously as a teacher. By going through the process, I am continuing to grow. This life-changing process is totally worth all the blood, sweat, and tears that it requires



Shannon said...

I have just found your blog and have subscribed to it. Looking forward to many more months of your posts! :) I have often thought of going through the process of becoming a NBCT, but haven't mustered up the courage I need! I did go back and get my EDS (I guess I felt more comfortable with that!).

Maybe one day....


Anonymous said...

Several times a year, I pull out my National Board notebook and relive the experience of accomplishing this special certification, especially this time of year! Ten years ago, I took a class on how to accomplish National Board Certification, but dropped out because it was so overwhelming. It's amazing to grow as a teacher and accomplish a goal that once seemed impossible. National Board Certification is certainly a decision I will never regret, and one that I am most proud of. I'm so thankful for the friends who encouraged me to take this step. I could have never made it without my support team of friends, editors, and readers. Those of you who are considering the NBCT step, take it, but please take it seriously as it brings with it much work, thought, and evaluation, But once it's accomplished it gives a sense of fulfillment and extreme satisfaction!

Kitty Tripp, NBCT '08