As a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, I receive a very helpful and informative monthly newsletter that discusses current educational issues and controversies most pertinent to today's teachers and administrators. Their November issue featured a well-written piece on the NBC process, one that makes me wonder whether I should work to attain this high level of certification.
An Emphasis on Reflection
- Teachers are committed to students and learning.
- Teachers know the subjects they teach and know how to teach those subjects to students.
- Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring their students' learning.
- Teachers think systematically about their practice and know how to learn from experience.
- Teachers are members of learning communities.
Laying Bare the Teaching Process
Engaging Parents in Student Learning
Being the Change
When Linda St. Clair, an art teacher at Lakeside Middle School in Nine Miles Falls, Wash., was certified in 2004, teacher collaboration was a new and untried idea in her district. Through the certification process, St. Clair "experienced the power of learning interdependently with a team," and since then, she continues to take part in a Critical Friends Group, which is a highly functioning collaborative learning team whose members discuss teaching and learning, assessment, and reflection. As a result of being an NBCT, St. Clair has taken more leadership roles in art education at district, regional, and state levels.
Tips for Getting Through the Process
Sarah Brown Wessling attained National Board Certification in 2005. She offers the following tips:
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