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{NBPTS} My best tips for candidates!

Working on your National Boards? I have been getting a lot of emails lately, so I wanted to take a minute to write about some of my best tips and advice for getting started (or pushing forward!) If you are a candidate in EC-GEN, MC-GEN, EC-Literacy, or MC-Literacy I highly recommend you check out The Power of Accomplished Teaching website. When I worked on my boards I was the ONLY person in my state that year to do so. I had ZERO local support and had NO idea where to even begin. A little bit of research landed me on The Power of Accomplished Teaching website and I'm so glad that it did. Without the support of this site and the NBCTs behind it there is no way I would have certified in just one year. There is a small annual fee to join, but the resources you gain there will be invaluable … [Read more...]

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In the mail…

In the mail…

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In the mail today…

In the mail today…

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National Board Results!

National Board Certification was always an endeavor that I knew I wanted to achieve. After much research on what I would be expected to do to complete the process, I took a leap of faith in April 2011. I signed up, paid the fees, got organized, and then had no idea where to begin! Luckily I came across ECGEN.org and it was there that I met my "e-mentors" Kelly, Bobbie, and Kathleen! I spent countless hours each week posting questions, receiving feedback, second-guessing myself, video-taping, video-taping again, and reminding myself why I wanted to one day become a National Board Certified Teacher. When I asked myself why I wanted to become a National Board Certified Teacher I always came back to the same answer... I knew many NBCTs during my college years and during my 1st and 2nd years … [Read more...]

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Part 1: Becoming a Candidate {National Board Certification Series}

Last week I completed my journey towards National Board Certification... for now at least! I will not find out my results until November, so my fingers are crossed that I will pass on the first try. If I don't, then I have to get right back to work! In the meantime, I wanted to share my journey with you. I've decided to write a National Board Certification Series that will include Becoming a Candidate (this post), Where do I start?, Staying on Track, and The Assessment Center. If you are a current candidate or thinking of applying for National Board Certification, I hope my experiences will help you along the way! Why did I decide to try for National Board Certification? I received both my B.S. and M.Ed. from Auburn University and I began my teaching career in Auburn City Schools … [Read more...]

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My Obsessions!

I just love Linky parties! This topic includes things in life that I just love and tend to obsess over... If you ask my husband, he would say that includes EVERYTHING! I'm linking up with Living a Wonderful Life to divulge what's on my list of obsessions! For the past year and a half, I have been obsessed with National Board Certification. I began searching for resources to help me with my journey last February, applied for candidacy in April, and have been working NON-STOP ever since. My candidate cycle will end in ONE WEEK after I take the Assessment Center exercises! Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher has always been a dream of mine and it is something that I have worked very hard on and will continue until accomplished! I love to RUN! I have been SO upset with myself … [Read more...]

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12 on the 12th {april}

Doodle Bugs Teaching is hosting a "12 on the 12th" linky party! Here are 12 random photographs from today, April 12, 2012. 1. Coffee! My favorite part of every morning! 2. Today I heard the question "How many days of school are left?" To answer this question we created a construction paper chain. On one side the students wrote "There are ____ days of school left." On the other side they wrote one of their favorite things they have learned in 1st grade. I had a proud teacher moment when Quincy said, "Oh yeah! I've got about a thousand things I can write!" Only 29 days left. 3. Who's Our Mystery Reader? I've been working on these posters and finally had the students use them today. I listed five clues about our Mystery Reader and then the students used sticky notes to make their own … [Read more...]

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I shipped the box!

Yesterday was a huge day for me... I shipped my National Board Certification portfolio box! (Well... I had my husband take it to FedEx for me. I was exhausted!) I have been preparing for this day since April 1, 2011... I have put my heart into a years worth of writing, analyzing, describing, reflecting, bettering, and video taping my teaching practice. It was a bit hard to let go of "the box!" I feel like there is something missing now! Not for long though... after Spring Break I will begin to study and prepare for the written portion of the certification process! Thank you SO much to my sweet class for helping me prepare the best videos to send in and for always doing your best during our Harriet Tubman unit and inquiry lessons on Magnets! Also, a great, BIG thank you to the wonderful … [Read more...]

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What did you learn this week?

Hello class! I hope that you had a great day with Mrs. C! I am enjoying visiting my family and friends in Alabama. I missed you all today and can't wait to see you on Monday! It was so much fun showing you how to comment on our blog this week! Now you can show your parents how to do this... leave a comment on this post of your favorite thing that you learned this week. Don't forget to send in your Class Survey in your STAR Folder. This survey can be found in this weeks newsletter. I hope you have a great weekend! … [Read more...]

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National Board Certification…

I am beginning my journey towards National Board Certification. I applied for candidacy as an Early Childhood - Generalist back in April. I have received "the box" and am now spending my summer reading the standards and portfolio directions. I am so excited (and a little nervous) about this process. I know it will be a journey filled with hard work, but it will be well worth it in the end! Are there any teacher friends out there who are going though or have already completed this process? I would love to hear from you about your journey! National Board Certification has always been on my "bucket list" for teaching. I consider myself a life-long learner and this process will allow me to measure my teaching methods against national standards. National Board Certification recognizes … [Read more...]

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