Sunday, November 23, 2008

National Board Certification

Friday, November 21, 2008 I was sitting at my computer just before 7 AM waiting for that magical moment that I could press the button and see if I had achieved National Board Certification after my second year through the process. My husband was by my side assuring me that he felt good about it, but I was mentally preparing myself to take on a third year. I was beyond delighted to see that I had succeeded!

I must say that I am thrilled beyond words to be Nationally Board Certified, but there is a tiny part of me that is sad this phase of the process is over. Going through certification has been the best professional development I have ever had. It was personal - about me, my teaching, my students, my classroom. I have changed a number of things over the last two years and really feel like I have grown as a teacher. I have learned much from reflection and it is a practice that I will continue.

I am excited that 16 members of our staff have signed up for Take One! this year. I am going to get to assist them in the process and that is very exciting. I hope they get as much from the experience as I have.

All in all, professionally, I am having a fabulous year!


Sharon Elin said...

Congratulations, Sherry~ I know how hard you worked and how much this process can delve into our teaching practices to reveal areas for improvement! Best of all, aside from the learning and reflection, is the recognition that you're doing something right! I'm so happy for you!

samccoy said...

Happy New Year Sherry! I have tagged you to join me in special meme among our Professional Learning Network.

"To maintain engagement with creative forms of self-expression throughout adult life", I hope you will join me by: A) writing a "7 Things You Don't Need to Know About Me" post and B) tagging 7 other people in your PLN by listing them at the bottom of your post. See 7 Things You Don't need To Know about Me

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