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Old 01-26-2006, 03:27 PM
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Ok, I've decided to take the plunge....

not THAT kind of plunge! Hahahaha!

This is long, so don't come in and post tl;dr as it's important background you have to know first. I need support and backup for this to let me have an idea that it's the right thing to do. I've talked it over with my family, and friends, and some of you are really good listening friends as well, so here goes:

As most of you know, I'm a teacher. Teacher's have to be certified before they can teach, which for a lot of teachers is enough. I've always said - and strongly believe, even before teaching, "If you aren't moving up, or trying to improve yourself in your present situation, it's time to be moving on to something else."

Well, once you become a teacher, it's pretty limited to how you can move up. You can become a principal, get your master's, move to a larger district, move into higher education (college), but not much else. However, there's one thing that's getting a bit of press right now, and that's to become a National Board Certified Professional teacher, or NBCPT.

This is tough! You have to have taught for at least 3 full years before you apply, get letters of recommendation from principals, superintendents, your senator and representative and two other building personal at your school. The entry form for the SCHOLARSHIP ALONE requires a 3-page written paper about the 5 attributes of the NBCPT program, a 2-page paper on your philosophy of teaching, a 2-page paper on a recent experience that has impacted the teacher's teaching or learning, and a 1-page paper on the knowledge and plans to commit to the process of the NBCPT....and you STILL might not be accepted. The program costs $2000.00 to participate, as well as $360.00 per test per subject area with a minimum of 8 tests for elementary teachers (which I am considered elementary.) Most teachers don't go through the program if they don't get the scholarship...understandably!

Then, once you get accepted, it's an intensive 12-month process where the teacher has to document EVERY lesson, track students, video themselves teaching classes, submit portfolios of before and after work, etc...it's VERY time consuming and stressful. At the end of the program, you have to take a battery of tests to prove what you learned, and from what I hear, it makes a thesis defense during a Master's examination look like preschool. Most teachers fail the first time out, and then they have up to 3 years to complete the program. It's so tough, I know a teacher who worked very, very hard last year, and failed by 2 points. 2 points! It was so tough, she doesn't know if she wants to go back and try again.

The perks for such a program? It's VERY prestegious, and basically, if you pass, you are extremely HIGHLY qualified to teach in ANY of the 50 states in the subject area you tested in. You're selected to become a mentor teacher in just about every town you live in, automatically! Financially, in Oklahoma right now, if you pass, you get a $5000.00 bonus every year for 10 years - total $50,000.00 (minus taxes of course - of which Oklahoma has one of the highest tax rates in the nation...) before you have to go through the process again. However, as an added bonus, within the next two years, it's been proposed because of the new lottery laws they passed, the teacher could get up to 10,000.00 a year for 10 years for a total of $100,000.00 in ten years - on top of your yearly salary! WOW! Teachers NEVER see that kind of money until the reach doctorate level, and not in Oklahoma ever!

Well, here's the rub: because I've won an award for outstanding educator every year since I started (and Teacher of the Year last year) and my student's test scores, my school counselor, my building principal, another teacher and the board of superintendents decided last year that I should attempt this program. I had to wait until this year though, due to eligibility requirements. They did a group gang up thing, and well, now I think I've decided to go through the program.

I'm nervous as heck - I haven't been a student in 12 years! I love my job, and I want to move up, but it's very difficult and the thought of failure is pretty daunting. The money sounds great, but the time it takes to do this program is HUGE. I have so much on my plate already.

Someone help me with my confidence here....tell me to go through this thing! Oh, and you students, if you have an NBCPT in your school, respect them, because they know what they're doing!
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:34 PM
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That is something to strive for vik. Try not to thinking of it as failing because if you dont complete it I know you will have at least learned something from it or have bettered yourself while doing it. I give you
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:47 PM
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i cant veen imagine how much work that is. i was nervous on a 2 page paper that i had to do. but u get through it. everything works out for the best and if u put urmind to it and believe in urself. u will pass with flyingcolors. all it takes is confidence and some hard work and u can get throguh jsut about anything. go for it man. Ill give u 3 and a after u complete it.
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:52 PM
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:12 PM
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it definatly sounds like something you should do, even if it means packing up your gear for a little bit. work comes before play, and it sounds like this is some serious work youve got ahead of you.
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:14 PM
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You could totally do this vike, that teacher of the year award was for a reason yknow!
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:28 PM
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I think it'd be easier to find a new career. But if you love what you do then just stick with it. I find that the teachers that actually enjoy teaching do the best job at getting the lessons across. The worst thing that can happen is that they can say no. how many times have you heard that before?
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Old 01-26-2006, 05:04 PM
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just take it one step at a time. dont think of ALL that stuff you have to do, just do one thing at one time, like one paper, one test, etc.

its like my science projects that ive had to do for the past 3 years. at the end of the project, i have to write a 40+ page paper (1.5 spaced usually). thats ALOT to do, but i divide it up into chunks, and write it over the course of about a month and a half, and its alot more manageable. this is only the END of the project too, the rest of the year is full of experimenting, redesigning , and re-experimenting. its really a beast of a project. it really separates the men from the boys (figuratively speaking). most students dont even bother to take honors science because of this project alone, its not like they cant handle the course, its just the project turns them off to the whole thing.

tl:dr, take it one step at a time.
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Old 01-26-2006, 05:07 PM
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i have to write a 40+ page paper (1.5 spaced usually). thats ALOT to do, but i divide it up into chunks, and write it over the course of about a month and a half
Yeah I learned that the hard way, 47 page report from 4:30 Sunday evening to 5:15 Monday morning. That was a rough night.
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Old 01-26-2006, 05:11 PM
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Yeah I learned that the hard way, 47 page report from 4:30 Sunday evening to 5:15 Monday morning. That was a rough night.
you must not have done too great on it either
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