At the end of the last school year, I decided was going to try and get my National Boards teaching certificate. This is basically a year long process, with a 4 entry Portfolio followed by an essay test, with six essay questions. Earning this certificate will certify me to teach in any state in the nation. On Wednesday I turned in my “Blue Box.” It was a great feeling to finally be done with my portfolio and submit it for grading. Many Saturday and evening hours were spent in front of the computer. Rob stated several times, “You’re Boring!” as I repeatedly ignored him and made him fend for himself in the kitchen and work around the house on his own.
The Portfolio consisted of 4 entries, with very specific directions. With each one I had to show how I was improving as a teacher and how what I was doing was benefiting my students. When I was all done, I ended up with the following totals:
2 video entries
20 pages of evidence/documentation
50 typed pages
16,000 + words
Needless to say, I was more than happy to finally be done and turn my box over to UPS to have it shipped off.
This is a picture of me with a few co-workers (me, Aylish Duff, Meghan Garner, Jessica Rydecki). We all got together after school on Thursday to pack our entries and make sure we got everything in the correct order and in the correct envelopes.
Next up: Essay test on May 7th.
I won’t find out if I passed until November. Wish me luck!