|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.4||April 2009|
|Cover Story by Alfie Kohn|
|When “21st-Century Schooling” Just Isn’t Good Enough: A Modest Proposal|
|Are we serious about educating students for the global competitive economy of the future?|
Earth Day Special Article:|
GE Project Plant-A-Bulb
Give the planet the gift of flowers for Earth Day....
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|The Tools for Success|
|»||Actively Involve Every Reader—Ten Easy Ideas! Sue Gruber|
|»||Motivating Children Leah Davies|
|»||Multiple Working Hypotheses Todd R. Nelson|
|»||Eliciting vs. Punishments Marvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac|
|»||Tattle Tales and Classroom Helpers Barbara Pressman|
|»||Tips for Travel to France or Italy with Students Josette Bonafino|
|»||Too Much Parent Involvement? Can It Be? Dorothy Rich|
|»||Return to Sender & The Neon Necklace Rick Morris|
|»||Be Your Own Mentor: Reflect Hal Portner|
|»||Getting Your Students' Work Published Alan Haskvitz|
|»||At Risk Students: Victims of Miseducation and Failure Bill Page|
|»||Teachers – Healing Broken Lives Graysen Walles|
|»||Get Smart! Doodle! Tim Newlin|
|»||A Dozen Ways to Build a Caring Classroom Community Susan Fitzell|
|»||April 2009 Writing Prompts James Wayne|
|»||Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VI Hank Kellner|
|»||Quality in School Systems Panamalai R. Guruprasad|
|»||Problems With 9th Grade Euclidian Geometry Stewart E. Brekke|
|»||Multisensory/Kinesthetic Alphabet ActivitiesJeanine Horner|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman|
|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Teacher Blogs Showcase|
|»||Guided Reading in Kindergarten (printable)|
|»||Printables - Happy Earth Day, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands, Portable Word Wall, Earth Day Every Day Award, Bringing Choices to Light, and April - May Calendar|
|»||Photo Tour: 3rd Grade Classroom, Red Creek, NY|
|»||Lessons, Activities, Theme ideas: Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Paul Revere, Spring, Easter, more!|
|»||Featured Lesson: Outdoor Activities/Nature|
|»||Meet Bill Martin Jr. and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Creative Quotes from Shakespeare, Massive Ant Colony Uncovered! AMAZING science!, Tim Hawkins - Cletus Take the Reel, Lovefield, and Dolphin Bubbles: An Amazing Behavior|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: April 2009|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
|»||Wisdom for the pain? Why Did You Do It? Why Pursue National Board Certification?|
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Wisdom for the Pain?
Why Did You Do It? Why Pursue National Board Certification?
|Regular Feature in the Gazette
April 1, 2009
Kay asked on the NBPTS Chatboard:
Why did you become an National Board of Teaching Standards certified teacher? I'm pondering the idea for next year, but can't decide if it will make me a better teacher.
5th grade teacher responded:
I did it for my own personal growth. I've been teaching for 20 years, and this was a way to challenge myself and my views on what was best for my students. The process helped me see the things I was doing right, and it refocused my attention on the things that I had let slip over the years. I think my class last year and my current class have really benefited from it. Also, I became more vocal about doing what is best for students & student learning, and I had classroom data to back up what I was doing. It has to be something you are willing to commit to - I know I invested close to 400 hours to the process, but I feel that it was worth it.
Kay, I am going through the process right now as a new candidate -- and I can tell you that I really wanted to see how it would make me think about my teaching. Wow! Am I thinking!! :) I have to answer lots of "why" questions, and although I have never been that teacher who has "always done it this way just because" -- I am now having to put what I already know into words. In that way, even without certifying, it has made me much more aware of what I teach and why I teach it the way I do. That is actually a good thing for my program -- especially in a world that seems to be run by math and reading -- I can "justify" how my program fits in with those and is also strong enough to stand alone.
Then, my secondary reason is that I really want to pursue a Master's program -- but educational funds keep me from doing that. If I certify, my state pays $5,000 per year for the next 10 years -- on top of my salary. That money is graduate school and some home improvements!
Plus, two years ago, my husband was laid off by his company, and he got a job working from home -- but his "office' was really in Maryland. If we needed to move there, I was afraid of not finding a job. This way, I'm hoping that National Certification will get me into any other state if needed.
These are my reasons. So I am working my tail off! And so far, enjoying the process.