HHH’s National Board Certified Teachers were asked to share their certification experience and the impact the experience had in their classrooms. As there are several HHH members who are currently going through the certification process themselves or who are contemplating participating in the future, teachers also shared some advice for those members.
The HHHTA is proud to share these stories with the HHH Community!
1. What prompted you to go through the process to become a NBCT?
I have always worked hard in Physical Education trying to improve my practice by finding new ways to engage students through integration of multiple disclipines. This is what prompted me to inquire about being a NBCT. After reading the requirements, I felt like I was already meeting most of the criteria to some degree so I decided to pursue this challenge.
2. How did the certification process impact your classroom (ie: increase in parental involvement, improved teaching techniques, becoming more reflective)?
Through the process, I learned how to "fine tune" my practice. My instruction is more specific so students leave with a greater understanding of the content and concepts presented. I find myself more patient in asking specific questions prompting students to support their answers. Through the process of reflection of your teaching, you are constantly asking yourself "why"? Why did I teach this concept? Why did I choose those words? Why and how does this impact student learning? This is what has probably affected me the most. I have a lot of pride in what I do and enjoy teaching kids. Now I know and I am able to express why I teach the way that I do.