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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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Can Creativity be Taught?
Amber ChandlerSeptember 6, 2017

Are you creative? Left-brained? Right-brained? Most people are quick to answer these questions without truly understanding the nature of creativity. In the classroom, this lack of concrete knowledge about creativity can severely limit both our teaching and our students’ learning. Students’ self-perceptions are so often simply a regurgitation of what their parents have decided about them, or worse, an analysis of themselves based on internet quizzes and polls. Unfortunately, pop culture quizzes become regarded as science itself, and even educators are guilty of silo-ing students into rigid categories based on very limited information, particularly students’ self-assessments. For example, my results…

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Podcast: “Teachers are Fun to be Around”
Tom White, NBCTAugust 29, 2017

Tom White, NBCT from Lynnwood, Washington joins the new National Board podcast to discuss why he loves teaching, why he mentors teachers and what makes him laugh. Download Episode

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Four Questions Teacher Leaders Must Ask Themselves
Ray Salazar, NBCTAugust 24, 2017

Last year Teach to Lead invited me to give the keynote speech at the summit on inclusion, equity, and opportunity.  A partnership between, National Board, ASCD, and the U.S. Department of Education, Teach to Lead hosts Teacher Leadership Summits to help spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts, and schools across the country. The teams from numerous parts of this country reminded me—as I’ve been reminded every year since I started teaching twenty-one years ago—that there is one universal truth that must always guide us: there are no simple solutions.  But there are solutions.  And…

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Finding Our Voices
Chris Arenth, NBCTAugust 17, 2017

Through my district’s Teacher of the Year process, I told myself that no one would see the value in what I do compared to the other fine teachers on that stage. I teach PreK, for goodness sake!  People think all we do is play! The other finalists taught AP classes and led outstanding clubs and committees.  However, on the night of the awards ceremony, one of my fellow finalists said something that helped me to see it all from a different perspective. “We all work with kids who choose to learn, we just help them achieve more.  You help your…

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My App Helps Fill a Void
Nivvi Tareen, NBCTAugust 16, 2017

I couldn’t have been more excited – during a staff meeting, my principal told me that soon my students would receive iPads. They would be ready to use and would be a great learning tool! There was a catch that left me feeling deflated. It was made clear that I could only use apps that were approved under two federal guidelines: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). These requirements left me with a limited quantity of apps to choose from and meant that however we chose to use the iPads…

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