The time has come for this caped teacher to renew her National Teaching Certificate. Back in 2002 I earned (got? won? obtained?) a national certification in Early Adolescent/English-Language Arts. I won’t bore you with the details of that whole thing unless you ask me. If you’re interested in the original application process or what it means, I will gladly wax professional (Is that a thing? Can you “wax professional?” I’m pretty sure I can.). For now, though, I am focused on renewing the blasted thing. It’s up for renewal as of 2012, but it takes a year or so to prepare the application.
So guess what y’all get to hear about?
It is due April 30th. There are three components. I am trying to draft the first component. It is approximately 12 pages of writing and I need to determine four areas of Professional Growth Experiences (PGE) that exemplify my continued work as a National Certified teacher. I’m meeting with a group of six or so other renewal candidates at CSU Fullerton once a month to talk about our progress. At the January meeting I was officially running behind. In order to keep from being painfully behind for the February meeting I need to actually… write the thing.
I need to write about myself and the amazing and wonderful things I’ve done that prove I’m still worthy of the National Board distinction. I have to pick four areas and shine bright lights onto my work and say “I” a lot. I need to use pedagogically correct phrases and come up with a reason I do the things I do–a reason that is more than “’cause I wanta?” I need to show that kids learn because of what I do. So what are they… what… are… they…. My four PGE’s. They are…. They are…
1. Differentiated Instruction–Yeah, I do this like gangbusters. I don’t know if I can prove it and take the required video of it, but THIS I do.
2. Focus on At-risk Learners–can I prove this? How can I prove it? Will I have to be ballsy and take some flat-out credit for things?
3. Something where I talk about getting the Administrative Certificate. But what? Maybe the Summer School Principal gig? I did that for 3 years. Maybe the extra parts of the job now? Oh yeah, and the Program Specialist stuff–that’s sort of admin.
4. Professional Development Provider–I’ll need video of some of the classes where I guest teach. What else? I didn’t save any of that stuff! Hm. This one will be hard.
Any feedback from you, my caped followers? What do I need to talk about here? I gotta get this thing drafted and quick! Who wants to write it for me? Who wants to buy me wine while I write? Who wants to edit when I’m done? Who wants me to buy them wine while they edit?
I’m avoiding it. A. Void. Ing. Ack!