This is Spring Break and I'm doing school work!!
Where 's a Coast Guard helicopter and rescue basket when you need it?
Yes ... I know it's my own fault ... most rescue situations are the fault of the rescuee.
Some of you will remember my hiatus about this time last year to work on my National Boards portfolio.
Well, I missed National Certification as a superduper wingding teacher by 7 points ... 7 points ... 7 points ...
Now I know how my students feel when I hand back those tests ... actually, I always know how they feel ... I'm just feeling it myself.
The why of the National Boards process is here ... same as last year.
The point is ... I failed, which is not a familiar feeling and not the easiest thing to say in front of the universe, but there ya' go.
The good news is, you can retry the process and your points are banked ... so I need to improve this entry enough to at least gain those 7 points when it's all averaged together again.
The other good news is that I don't have to redo the whole process, since I just bombed (let's be honest here) one entry. I only have about 1/5 of the work to do that I had last year.
The bad news is it's due in Texas by April 15 so I'm typing and reflecting on my practice during some primo spring break weather.
The National Board process is big on reflection. Reflect on your craft, reflect on your students, reflect on why you teach ... all this reflecting sounds very femalian to me. I picture the senior National Board board members as very smart women.
Yesterday, alone in the kitchen with the laptop, student work samples, the National Board Standards, some spilled salt (see it?), and a zillion forms ... it got pretty frustrating, so I sent out an SOS.
When the Coast Guard helicopter failed to show, I whistled for the JEEP and off we went for some " reflection".
I found this ibis reflecting on it's practice in a dimly lit swamp.
This young slider was reflecting on his role as muncher of snails and munchee of gators.
Apparently the deer and turkeys in Devil's Hammock were taking a break from reflecting, ... just like me.
You can run, but you can't hide from the National Boards.
If you're looking for me ...
I'll be in the kitchen with my laptop and piles of stuff.