I recently achieved my NB Certification. I was one of 8,600 teachers to achieve this year. There are now over 91,000 teachers that have their certification. I was checking out the NB website and found some interesting data.
I was shocked at the fact that North Carolina has 2,277 teachers that have their NB certification. (Compared to New Hampshire with a total of 19) Until this year the state paid all fees for teachers during their first attempt. North Carolina also offers a 12% increase to teachers that achieve NB. I’m sure that is why their numbers are so high. This made me wonder how many states encourage their teachers to work towards their NB certification.
National Board is all about what it is we want our students to learn, how we teach it, and how do we know if our students GET IT.
Congrats to all the rest of you NBCT’s out there.
Ohio used to pay for it... and of course there was a stipend. All of that went away. Now I'm weighing out the idea of going through the process. I'd have to pay for it all, I won't get a stipend, and I won't get a pay increase. I know I'd improve my teaching,and I know I'd feel a sense of accomplishment. Thoughts?
I agree. In West Virginia, you have to pay and you get a $500 increase in pay. I just don't know if it is worth the process. It doesn't seem like it is worth it.
If you truly want to improve your teaching, I think it is worth it. It is TONS of work - and you will question why you are doing it many times. But at the end, you will look at teaching in a whole new way and be more effective. My kids are older - I think it would be hard to have little ones and go through the process since it was so time consuming.
I know the process was worth it. Susan is right the process does help you improve your teaching. And you will question why you signed up for the work. I have taken several grad classes and I learned much more during the NB process. I think because during the NB process you are reflecting and analyzing your own teaching which causes you to rethink how you teach.
By the way, Stephanie, Congratulations!
Congrats on your National Boards from a fellow North Carolinian!! I just missed mine by a few points so I am going to try to redo a portion of it!
I will say that I feel I learned a lot more through grad school. Maybe I am looking at the whole NB process wrong, but the whole things seems like a bragging project. I did not change a single thing about my teaching due to national boards...I think this time I am going to have to reflect harder I guess. It's not an easy process, this is for sure!
Congrats from your new follower!!! I am also a North Carolina teacher and am just finishing my Masters degree..I have been thinking about doing my National Boards but haven't fully committed yet.
I love your blog! It's adorable! Hope you don't mind a new follower!
I'm actually surprised so many MA teachers have it. In my district there is no pay raise for having it and I'd have to pay to get it. Don't think I can justify that to myself. But it does sound really impressive, so there is that. haha
There is no pay in TN for NBC. :( I'm still considering getting mine when I finish my master's.
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