I'm proud to say that I am a National Board Certified Teacher. It's the time of year when many people are frantically finishing up "The Box," where they send their hard work, videos, and artifacts off to be scored as they strive for National Board Certification. If you are in the midst of this process, just know that I understand how crazy difficult this process is for you! I still have my pictures from when I packed my Box in March 2010. Here's a glimpse for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about...
If you are considering pursuing National Board Certification, you need to do a lot of research and soul-searching beforehand. For me, this involved a lot of serious conversations with my husband and my parents about how to provide support for our family while I worked on NBs. Since we have 2 kids (ages 2 & 6 at the time), this was no small task; my amazing husband loaded the kids in the car practically every Saturday for a few hours at the park, the library, grandparents' house, etc., and I would work on NBs. Throughout the work week, I reserved an early morning before the bell each week to work on NBs.
Luckily, there are some *Fantastic* resources out there to help us as we undertake this process. I went to absolutely every National Board support meeting offered by my school system, formed study groups with other EMC-Literacy candidates, and scoured the web for tips. The best, best, best, best resource I found was the compilation of advice/tips/resources from Angela Watson at the Cornerstone for Teachers. Click here to visit her NBC free resources page.
I hope this is useful to you!! ~Jen