national board certification for teaching

The Road to National Board Certification: Taking a Detour

Hey y’all–It’s been awhile! Too long. Recently, I’ve had some questions about getting board-certified and how that’s going. Today I want to share my updates on National Board Certification and how it’s going (or not going).

During my last post, I shared my current results and concerns about how this year’s certification process may look for me. There are two more components I need to complete, and I did not feel confident that I could do them well this year. My main goal this year is to enjoy teaching because lately I hadn’t been doing that. In an effort to simplify, I decided to take a hiatus. Finishing National Board Certification, I found out, can be put off a year if I needed. I contacted National Board and asked them if I needed to start a new component this year, and I didn’t need to—as long as I wasn’t already registered for the cycle, which I wasn’t. I’m so glad that they have this option!!

I’m currently reading through Components 3 and 4 again to refresh on what I should plan for next  year. I feel fortunate to get to attempt certification over the course of a few years instead of all in one. Shout out to the NBCT Facebook group created by Jennifer Gonzalez—y’all are inspiring me with all of your posts and questions! I can’t imagine trying to squeeze it all in one year.

Here’s ‘another update: I finally bit the bullet and applied to grad school. Literally hit the “send” button on my application today. More detailed update if, you know, they let me in.

As for school, here’s a couple snapshots of this week from some students (can you tell the end of the year is definitely getting to them??):

1.Me: “You know the best way the look creepy to people is if you wear black latex gloves around, right?” To a student wearing black latex gloves “for fun.”

2. Student trying to convince me to let him leave class early via freestyle and juuuuuust missing the mark, much like Jean Ralphio:

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 4.29.23 PMClick here because wordpress apparently doesn’t let you insert videos for free anymore…smh.

 

Only a few more weeks left—we’re all doing out best to keep it together.

-S

 

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Finding Motivation Before Winter Break

It is 11:30 (p.m.) on a Saturday night, and I’m thinking about teaching. I’m thinking about how last week was more downs than ups, but the ups helped me rationalize that maybe I can survive (the next two days). I’m thinking about how Monday and Tuesday are going to be long and probably reincarnations of last week (I’m not sure what our district was thinking when they decided to end the semester on a Tuesday). I’m thinking about how achieving National Board certification could be less than a year away from me, and then what? I’m thinking about a conversation I had with my friend today who is in law school and is working for a clinic as a public defender intern. She inspired me that people are still fighting the good fight and that it’s possible to change things, if only one case at a time. I’m thinking about what teaching strategies I’m starting to get better at, and just wrapping my head around what works. I’m thinking about the goals I have for myself and my students and reflecting on how I lose sight of them under the weight of the usual suspects: exhaustion, pressure, annoyance, and time.

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A New Year, New Kids, New Goals

For those of you curious about my new position and my career/life updates, this one’s for you.

 

This school year started off strangely—my biggest behavioral issue has been my dog.

Normally, I would be making plans about how to manage new behaviors in the classroom, because my previous position required it. Honestly, I didn’t mind it too much.

Then I found out my dog barks when my husband and I leave, and actually has some pretty severe separation anxiety.

So my biggest stressor so far this school year have been: figuring out how to handle the dog during the day, deciding if we should even keep her, and how we are going to pay for all of it.

Although I have worked out some of those problems (and we are keeping her 🙂 ), I still have to figure out how to train her when both of us work 10-14 hour days.

So learning a whole new position is not so bad, compared to the dog issues.

Anyway, back to school.

What’s this school about?

When I tell people I teach at an “alternative” school, obviously that word doesn’t get very far, so I have to clarify:

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