Okay, someone’s got to do it, so I guess I’ll just tell my own news. In spite of appearances, I’m not bragging. Seriously. No, really. I mean, I’m a very modest person! I wouldn’t want to sound self-glorifying or stuck up or anything… but Chris doesn’t “do” blogging, so it all falls to me.
I’m officially a National Board Certified Teacher (as an Early Childhood Generalist) according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards!
Most of you know I began the process in March 2004 and completed the work in May 2005. I had to submit a portfolio demonstrating my abilities in children’s literacy development, integration of math & science, building a classroom community through social studies & the arts, and documented accomplishments which support children’s learning. Then I took a computer-based assessment of six essays in literacy, math, science, social studies, health/PE/safety, and children’s play. Each portion gets a score from 1.0-4.0, which is then weighted. Your weighted score must be at least 275 to achieve certification… and I earned a 322!
In Florida, NBCTs are given a financial incentive (woo-hoo!) but that’s not the only perk. This certification is recognized in ALL states, and in most states it is treated as graduate work (so you end up higher on the pay scale). In addition, it’s pretty prestigious; only 40% of the teachers who apply to the process earn the certification. It’s quite nice to be recognized for something so rigorous and meaningful.
So… tooty tooty toot toot toot. There goes my little horn. Yep, I’m proud of myself! And darn straight, I’m going to tell everyone I know about this little doozy of a news item! Sorry if I sound full of it. I’ll get over myself eventually, like when my big head gets stuck in the office door!