Re: Just beginning National Board Certification Process
- Hopefully your state offers meetings for national board candidates.
If you aren't sure, you need to call your state department of
education and ask if there are any support groups. At support groups
you will probably be able to see sample of portfolios from successful
candidates. This helped me alot when I was going through the process.
Also by now, you should have downloaded your portfolio instructions.
There are sections that will tell you what materials are needed to
video tape your classrooms, microphone suggestions, and yada,yada. I
had other volunteer teachers that gave up their planning periods to
video tape my classroom.
1. Think about your strong areas of interests in teaching and write
2. Don't try to start on new programs. I did do this but it was
3. Note the core propostions for EACH entry and use them.
4. Become familiar with the National Science Standards---use them in
regard to your teaching context.
5. ALWAYS Answer the questions they ask of you when you are
You might want to exam Entry 1 and Entry 4. There are no video tapes
required for any of these. Entry 4 is about your professionalism
over the past 5 years(if they haven't changed this time span). I
would start to gather my documents and if you have any examples of
student work that spport your successes during this time frame--- get
started! Of course you won't be able to complete all of entry 4 this
As far as organization, I did this. I bought 4 paper folders one for
each entry. Then I placed the entire instructions inside. This was a
quick reference book while I was working on that particular entry. I
underlined key and revelant requirements. The Do's as well as the Do
Not's. When the directions say do it--- you had better. When the
directions say don't do this--- you had better.
But remember there is still other important information in your
portfolio that also must be followed so I kept this in a separate
binder for reference.
Each candidate found there own unique way to help them stay on top of
Nonetheless, welcome and we are hear to help in anyway.
Eleonore Dennis, Oklahoma NBCT 2004