As a National Board Certified Teaching candidate, it was to my great relief and growing apprehension to receive the anticipated e-mail last week, informing me that I will receive my scores on November 17th, 2012. I have been waiting for this e-mail since March 28th, after excitedly shipping my “Blue Box” (containing the four required portfolio entries) and subsequently not sleeping for a week, obsessing over every “What if….,” “Maybe I should have…..,” and “Oh NO!!!!” National Board Teaching Certification has been a goal of mine as a teacher for years, and it is vital to achieve this recognition of being an effective and accomplished teacher. Therefore, this weekend is very important to me…… but it’s also important to my friends who are completing Ironman Arizona this weekend as well.
I wonder, if you had a choice, what would it be?? You could either be an Ironman and swim 4,224 yards, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles; or, you could be a NBCT (National Board Certified Teacher) and attend pre-candidacy classes and candidacy workshops, write extensive units of instruction, videotape yourself teaching for about 5 months and analyze each lesson, write 14-page descriptive, analytical, and reflective papers for four entries, and complete a timed short-essay assessment that takes hours to complete. They sound so vastly different, but I feel that being an Ironman and NBCT are not so different after all. Both of these important accomplishments have a great deal in common:
But when I receive my scores on Saturday, November 17th, and possibly find out that I didn’t achieve certification, I will be ready to print out the 2012-2013 Portfolio Instructions and try again. Although I am determined to become a NBCT, I enjoyed the journey and will be honored to go down the road again. I am becoming an effective and accomplished teacher through the journey, not the finish line.
Goodluck to all of my fellow aspiring NBCT candidates, who are probably not getting much sleep this week like me! I hope that you found this journey as rewarding as I did, and that you don’t give up on yourself as an effective teacher if you need to travel this path one more time.
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