Re: Digest Number 20
- Find someone who actually passed or better yet, find someone who has actually
been to National Boards who learned how they grade your entries. I did not
pass and do not have any idea of what I should do differently. We had no help
from successful candidates because our county had none. If you do not have
help from someone who passed your area(and only your area) you are just taking
a shot in the dark. Do not get help from Elementary candidates because their
criteria is much different. In our county, 90% of successful candidates were
elementary. We only had one science person pass out of 70 that finished their
portfolios. What you choose for work samples must be extremely important
because it was the lowest two scores that I had and they counted the most
The grading criteria is so ambiguous and vague that you must find out what the
secrets are or you will not pass.
Hope this has been helpful.
Kelly Courtney wrote:
> From: Kelly Courtney <kcourtney@...>
> Hello! and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
> I am currently going through the process in the EA science certification
> area in Maryland. I have written Entries 5&6 so far. I am beginning to
> start Entry 1 next week - using a task on the Earth's moon-specifically
> Tides. (I think the topic fits????) Students will be involved in some
> reading materials, interpreting tidal charts, graphing tidal information
> (and math calculations), making predictions, etc...The culminating activity
> is to write a letter to our local county government as a persuasive piece.
> All of the tasks involve both group, partner and individual work. I have
> also been videotaping to get students used to the taping. ANy feedback or
> suggestions would be appreciated...Thanks
> -----Original Message-----
> From: EASCI@onelist.com
> To: EASCI@onelist.com
> Sent: 12/1/99 5:43 AM
> Subject: [EASCI] Digest Number 20
> There is 1 message in this issue.
> Topics in today's digest:
> 1. Anyone out there?
> From: canderson@...
> Message: 1
> Date: 1 Dec 1999 01:16:08 -0000
> From: canderson@...
> Subject: Anyone out there?
> I just found out about this list serve. It would have been a
> big help last
> year when I was going through the EA/Science experience. It would have
> nice to talke to someone. I managed to go through the process alone,
> but I
> would not recommend it to anyone. It is much better if you have someone
> bounce ideas off of and to help you clarify the rules. I am from
> and to date there have been only 10 people certified. I am the first
> one in
> I can tell you that last year the success rate for EA/Science
> was less than 39%. I think that was because the certificate area was
> Hopefully they will make some modifications so that the process will be
> for those in the next year. If there is anyone out there who would like
> correspond, or who would like some help with the certification, please
> let me
> know. I am not an expert by any means, but if I can help so that
> someone else
> doesn't have to work in isolation, I would be glad to be of assistance.
> Good Luck!
> Also, for those who were on this list serve last year - How did
> you do? Do
> you have any pointers for those who are out there now that you have your
> Catherine Anderson NBCT-EA/Science '99
I am from Brevard County and we had only one science person pass (high school)
out of 70 candidates that finished. Most were elementary. My lowest scores
were on the two student work entries which carry the most weight. If I had
scored just a 3 on those two, I would have passed.
I am going to retake these two entries. I teach integrated science. Obviously
you must have done well on these sections. If you don't mind telling me, what
topics or big ideas did you base your entries on? I think that my topics were
not significant enough.
> From: Nankwh@...
> Feel free to contact me if you have questions. I achieved the certification
> this year. This list serv was VERY quiet while I went through the process.
> I would have like to have had more contact with teachers in this area. I
> teach 8th grade (physical science) but I have also worked with other age
> groups and other sciences.
> Nancy Hosie, NBCT EA/SCI
> St Lucie County, FL