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Move. Listen. Breathe.
Mark Gardner, NBCTOctober 12, 2017

On the side of my notebook where I attempt to keep my whole world organized, I have written three reminders: Move. Breathe. Listen. MOVE My 9th graders were at their computers hammering away at their literary analysis essay of bildungsroman in To Kill a Mockingbird when I started to notice that the thunder of fingers on the keyboards was giving way to side chatting, fidgeting, and the kind of grabby behavior that used to result in me calling out, “freshman boys, stop touching each other!” Instead, I said this: “Finish your sentence. Stand, stretch, and touch four textures, then return…

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Podcast: My Students See Me Pushing Myself, Working to Transform
Larissa Wright-Elson, NBCTOctober 10, 2017

Larissa Wright-Elson, NBCT from Alaska, works to make sure that everything she does impacts students in her classroom. Listen to Larissa discuss her professional journey. Download Episode

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Welcome to Teaching
Doug Graney, NBCTOctober 4, 2017

In late November 1985, I was interviewed by a young principal who seemed like a cool guy and a verging-on-elderly woman who was the social studies department chair. I was talking with the principal and the rapport was fine, we were connecting, the interview was going well. You know when you’re killing it, and I was. I had been asked to bring a sample lesson plan, and while I was talking to the principal I saw the old gal looking it over. Every few seconds she would shake her head sadly and roll her eyes. Well I’m going to have…

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Podcast: Hear How This PE Teacher is Making an Impact
Shannon Cotton, NBCTSeptember 28, 2017

Health and fitness teacher Shannon Cotton teaches in Camas, Washington. She believes that Board certification opened doors to her as a teacher leader. Listen to Shannon’s podcast to learn how — and to learn insider tips on the Portland area! Download Episode

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Perspective on Global Citizenship from International Teacher
Chris Megaffin, NBCTSeptember 26, 2017

The 2016-17 school year had not been my best year of international teaching. After a difficult summer, I had returned to work stressed and this had an impact on how my year unfolded. So at 1:30 on June 10 there was a sense of relief that the school year was over but also doubt about the efficacy of my teaching and the impact that I had had on my students’ academic and socio-emotional development. In 8th grade Social Studies we had been considering the following yearlong essential question: What does it mean to be a global citizen? I had hoped…

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Educators as Explorers – Developing a “Deeper, More Discerning Matrix of Understanding”
Jennifer Burgin, NBCTSeptember 22, 2017

“I’m about to say something that requires you to be mature. Can you handle it? I know you can.” “I saw a blue-footed booby!” I proclaimed. “It did a special dance to show off its blue feet to a potential mate as if to say, ‘Hey there, I have bright blue feet which means I’m very healthy and we should lay eggs together!’ and then it pushed back its tush and raised up its sweet head and honked as a sign of interest!” The rising 1st and 2nd graders all burst into contained giggles, attempting to keep the promise of…

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Podcast: What Board Certification Means to the Teaching Profession
Gina Wilson, NBCTSeptember 18, 2017

In this podcast, Michigan math teacher Gina Wilson shares why she loves teaching. “National Board Certification is a strong platform to help people see that teaching is a profession.” Download Episode

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The Value in Teaching the Teacher
Julie Gaunky, NBCTSeptember 14, 2017

I’ve made it a point to instill in my own children that once they have reached some sort of success in their passions–be it leading the ice hockey team, editing the school literary magazine, or exhibiting work in an art show–it is their duty to extend a guiding hand to those who will succeed them.  What I hope they have learned from their years of enduring my pearls of motherly wisdom is to lay the groundwork for another’s journey: tell others how it works, counsel against pitfalls, and encourage the next trailblazers.  Since teaching is both my passion as well…

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Podcast: “Going into the Family Business”
Walter Brown, Sr., NBCTSeptember 11, 2017

In this National Board podcast, Walter Brown, NBCT from Louisiana discusses why he chose to pursue Board certification, how it impacted his teaching career and shares a message for teachers considering becoming Board certified. Download Episode

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Leaning into My Truth
Lori NazarenoSeptember 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: Over the next two months, the Center for Teaching Quality, in partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, will be hosting a blogging roundtable discussion that focuses on issues of equity and social justice. This blog has also been published on CTQ’s website. I am a lesbian. There. I said it. It’s not that people don’t know; it’s that I rarely say those words out loud. And I never said it out loud when I was teaching. Why is that? The truth is that saying it out loud is scary, and during my teaching years could have gotten…

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