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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

 

 

 

        To do or not to do...that is the poser.

          There are many different ways to approach the National Boards and still be successful.  After numerous discussions with teachers involved in the process, teachers who have already completed the process, and facilitators for the program in Idaho, I've put together some suggestions intended to help smooth out the journey.

 

  • GET THE BUY-IN FROM LOVED ONES, THIS IS GOING TO REQUIRE A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT OF TIME

  • GET THE GENUINE SUPPORT OF YOUR PRINCIPAL

  • ENLIST THE SUPPORT OF YOUR  STUDENTS AND CO-WORKERS

  • SET ASIDE A REGULAR  TIME TO WORK ON  THE PROJECTS

  • SET UP A TIMELINE FOR YOURSELF, THIS IS CRITICAL IF YOU WANT TO MEET ALL OF  THE DEADLINES

  • CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR OF ALL UNNECESSARY OBLIGATIONS

  • REALIZE THAT THE CRITERIA ARE VERY SPECIFIC...READ ALL PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW THEM TO THE LETTER

  • BOOKMARK THIS SITE AND CHECK THE RESOURCE PAGE FOR HELPFUL POINTERS AND IDEAS

  • HEY, LIGHTEN UP ALREADY, WHADDA YA WANNA DO, GET  YOURSELF A HEART ATTACK?  EVEN IF YOU FAIL AND BECOME THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE ENTIRE BUILDING, DISTRICT FACULTY, STATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AND NATIONAL BOARD FOLKS, IT CAN'T BE ANY WORSE THAN THAT TIME THE KIDS SLIPPED LSD INTO YOUR COFFEE AND YOU GOT HALF WAY THROUGH  DEMONSTRATING THE BARKING DOG THEORY OF LITERATURE  (SANS CLOTHING) TO YOUR NINTH GRADERS  BEFORE THE PRINCIPAL GOT WORD THAT YOU WERE "ACTING SILLIER THAN USUAL" AND CAME TO YOUR RESCUE.  (I think this actually happened somewhere in the East.)

                                    

                            

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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.