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So, I’ve decided that this is the year that I will embark on the adventure of working toward my National Board Certification in Library Media. I’ve been interested in becoming certified since I first heard about the process many years ago when I was teaching first grade. I had heard that the time commitment and work load is comparable to getting your master’s and life has just been too busy for me to want to go through all that again! But now, my baby is in college and I don’t have any more excuses. In fact, I would really need to think of a good excuse NOT to do it now, since there are so many convincing reasons to go for it:
- The process will challenge me and help me to become a more effective teacher and it will help me grow professionally.
- My state and my school district offers pretty good compensation for successful candidates who earn their certification!!!
What else can I say? Gotta do it…
I should say that I have spent a great deal of time on the NBPTS website (http://www.nbpts.org) and in my opinion the whole timeline thing could be made a little more clear. Yes, I know there is a link to a calendar, but really what I’m talking about it some guidance about when exactly is the best time to get started? However, I think I’ve figured it out! Now is the best time to start in order to give yourself 1 1/2 years to work on this thing. But you don’t have to pay your money until 12/31/10. Of course, I will probably end up paying up before then, but at least I know the deadline. And it gives me time to try to apply for a scholarship from my state.