The box arrived in
July and just as I suspected...lots of work. Essentially, I have six entries
to finish by April. Even though my area is 14-18 Language Arts, the work load is
approximately the same, regardless of your strand.
entries include one dealing with Professional Development, a entry on my working
relationship with student families, two on core subject areas, a small group video, and a
large group video.
All six entries require documentation and lengthy write ups. The format for the
portfolio is detailed and the expectations that you follow the guidelines
I can tell from the box of assignments that a lot of teachers get into this process
without realizing how much time it takes. I've discovered that on most nights
when I get home from school, my well is pretty much depleted. Forcing myself to put
another two hours or so to National Boards is extremely challenging. Don't do this
unless you have lots of energy and lots of support from your family. It definitely
requires a sacrifice.