Today at lunch, I kept a few of my students inside so that they could themselves in my National Board video. The entire 15 minutes was filled with laughter. I was surprised how they noticed the exact same things I saw - and stressed over - in the video. One of the boys pointed out immediately that he wasn't paying attention. When the Smencils came out, the girl laughed about it and buried her head in semi-embarrassment.
Showing this video to them was wonderful. I realized that I am probably taking this National Board application a little too seriously. I teach 10 and 11 year-olds. They are going to act like 10 and 11 year olds. Can I talk about and analyze their learning in this short clip? Most definitely! Do I need to worry about every little thing they do and how it makes me look as a teacher? No way. They're kids! The way they respond to situations and the humor they bring to the classroom is why I love my job so much. I shouldn't expect it to disappear in my National Board application.