OK, if you're feeling like I did, right about now is when the heebie
jeebies start to set in! Work seemed to multiply as time and energy
waned. If this is you, try taking a few days off from your entries--
I promise--it will help!
I also recall that discouragement set in about now. The fears of not
passing, the way down deep 'maybe I'm just not cut out for this'
feeling. The temptation to quit...
Don't do it. The hardest part really IS behind you.
Just remember--we're all in this process together, and support is
available--especially here on Yahoo. You ARE a good teacher, and you
WILL 'survive'! But please don't give up. You've come too far!
I know you've heard this till you're sick of it, but since the 'home
stretch' is just ahead, I thought I'd offer a little reminder list
to help make sure all your ducks are in a row. Hope it helps.
Ttenses should be correct and consistent.
Hhave all forms taken care of (class layout, release forms, etc.)
Eengage your students with active involvement in your videos.
Hhigh expectations evidenced--clearly observable in your writing.
Oonly active voice in your writing. Write the way you speak!
Mmake copies of everything before you send anything.
Eexamples cited! "For example" is your best friend!
Sstandards-based vocabulary.The Standards are the KEY.
Ttightly written narrative. Streamline! Say it and move on.
Rrelevant lesson connections. Real world application is a must!
Eevidence of student learning. Clear and convincing.
Ttechnically correct, e.g., margins, font, spelling,etc.
Ccompletely address the questions. Answer what you're asked.
Hhave at least one educator and non-educator read all your
entries and be brutally honest.
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