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"Teaching is about learning, some days I learn a whole lot more than I teach."

I first hear about NBPTS
Applying in Idaho
Orientation at the U of I
The "box" arrives
Why do this to yourself?
Do's and Don'ts
The projects/portfolio
My students are in it too
My fellow coworkers
Prepping for the tests
Education/Misc. Links
Resources and Help Center  E-mail address




       There are actually four tests.  And they're given after the portfolio (six  assignments) is  completed. From the information I have, they're a pretty serious challenge.   Not only do you have a time limit,  they cover material over a range of age specific curriculum matters.

        The philosophy here is that a teacher must know where the student is coming from and where the student is going.  The only way a teacher can know all of that is to be well versed in the entire curriculum scope and sequence for his or her specific area. 

        Makes sense to me.   The tests are given on site, at  a location chosen by the National Board.  They provide text books and instructional materials.  You actually have to formulate a lesson over the problem or unit  they assign.  I understand that good writers definitely have an advantage here.  These are not true and false, short answer  exams.

        "You never know what you're going to need to know...might as well learn it  all."  Bruce Williams



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  The comments expressed on this site are my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of  the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  All rights reserved by William C. Dean.  July 1999.