Wondering what else we have waiting for you? Here is a peek at the 2012 Breakout Session Schedule.
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üFor me, it was a professional goal that I wanted to reach. I knew the biggest benefit would be to my students, and it has been! I thought I was a pretty reflective teacher beforehand but the process has helped me be even more purposeful and reflective in my teaching.
üTo me it was the greatest PD I’ve ever done! I learned more about myself as a teacher and continued to grow and make changes since I now know how to deeply reflect on my teaching and its effect on my students. I got my masters after NB certification and the NB process definitely changed and improved my teaching more than my master’s degree -Although, my family did depend on the stipend – it may be a “little bit,” but with teaching we don’t have much – so a little means A LOT to many of us!!!!
üI pursued NB certification because I felt like it was the most powerful way to impact students' learning. The stipend was a nice addition, but it was not what motivated me to go through the certification process.
üI'll be honest. I did it for the stipend. I'm a better teacher because of the process.
üI did it because Tammy Dunn is an amazing educator and a NBCT. I wanted to be that kind of teacher.
üI did it so I could get certified to teach Art, and get out of 1st grade :) but I keep working with candidates so I can keep what I learned at the front of what I do every day. End result, I feel terribly guilty when I waste a class period for stupid administrative duties.
üI took a professional development session called Intel: Teach to the Future, and loved it! The instructors commented that the project-based learning the course promoted closely aligned with NBPTS, so my interest was piqued. A few weeks later I heard NB-certified school librarians at a conference sharing how much the process refined their practice, and as a natural lifelong learner, that hooked me. The scholarship and stipend were just the icing on the cake. Don't get me wrong, I think stipends for NBCT's is the best "merit pay" (Did I just open that can of worms?!) concept out there!
üDr. Betsy Rogers was working at my school and talked to me about the process and how it would impact my teaching. She said it would be the best professional development I would ever participate in. She was right! I didn't even know there was a stipend until I went to my first STELLAR session. So that was like the cherry on top of my sundae ;-)
üThe process was the best professional development I have ever been through. I received the state grant to fund my process. Originally, I went through certification for the stipend (which is still disappointing that it has been cut). Afterward, I did it for the impact it had on my teaching. I feel like I become a better teacher each year because I constantly assess my teaching based on the NBCT standards.
üü I started looking at National Board Certification as a challenge for myself and as an endorsement/confirmation of my teaching abilities. How do I compare with other teachers across the nation? This comes across as being self-important, but this is not my intent. When we speak of comparison and how we qualify, I think of several veteran teachers who excel in their field, have won numerous awards for their efforts, but had to take a test (PRAXIS) to determine that they were indeed highly qualified. With National Boards, you demonstrate your abilities in a holistic manner on film and paper and it is reviewed by your peers. With all of this said, I find it rather ironic that National Boards is highly praised by lawmakers… almost to the point of having bragging rights as to which district or state has the most National Board certified teachers, yet the state is decreasing funding of the program. The monetary cuts speak volumes as to the true importance of National Boards in the eyes of those who control finances within the district and the state.
ü$5,000 IS INDEED A LOT OF MONEY and it WAS PROMISED for the LIFE OF THE CERTIFICATE. I was encouraged to go through the process by a professor at UAB. I wanted to get certified to be “set apart” from other educators. The money helped validate that I was “set apart” and had worked hard to be that way.
üThere was no stipend when I first applied. I think at the time I just wanted to have some way to confirm that I was on the right path to being a good teacher and I wanted something that was not based on the politics of a state department of education. I don't sign my name NBCT, nor do I think there's anything wrong with that, but I am proud of the accomplishment and sometimes in difficult teaching situations I remind myself of that fact.
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