Unfortunately, scrapping that video meant scrapping my whole unit for submission. Entry 3, as it's called, focuses on integrating math and science in a four to eight week unit. My forces and motion unit finished three week prior and resurrecting it from the dead would have been pointless for my students and for me, would have felt like banging my head against the wall. So, I started my solar system unit 2 weeks ago. I plan to get my video of a superb math/ science activity on Friday and hopefully start writing the entry up this weekend. If not, I will cry. And I have already cried over this entry (a lot).
Being a National Board Candidate is hard. However, that said, this year has been professionally fantastic for me. As much stress as National Board has put on me, it is making me a better teacher. I am able to better articulate my instructional decisions. School board members come into my room and I am able to spout out what my goals for the lessonare, how my students are progressing in those goals and what I expect their outcomes to be. I honestly think I scare some of them - which, honestly, I'm ok with. I am now better equipped to defend my profession, advocate for the needs of my students and I, in general, have more confidence at work especially around administrators and district personnel.
I encourage other teachers to pursue National Board Certification. Here's why:
- It is so hard, but it will make you a better teacher.
- The process is expensive, but if you work at a Title I school you can get it close to completely funded. I have only paid $65 of the fees out of my pocket. $2500 of my fees have been paid by a scholarship I received from the AZK12 center.
- The AZK12 center is amazing!!! I've met so many amazing and inspiring teachers through events I've attended with them. I go monthly to their Coaching Saturdays where I get to discuss my entries with experienced coaches and other candidates. I love the AZK12 center so much, I'll even link to them here.
- I'll support you. Especially if you are at my school :-) There is a certificate for every possible teaching scenario. It will make you rethink your job. (Sometimes it will make you want to quit, but those feelings pass quickly. I'm going for complete honesty about this process here.)
Of course, you know, I am always willing to talk about it :-)