The English Teacher

National Board Certification
November 17, 2007, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Future

Ever since I became a teacher, I’ve been thinking about what I could do in order to advance my career.  I know this makes me sound like I care more about my job than the students, but I think ambition is an admirable trait, as long as it is within reason.  Sometimes I think about getting an adminstrative certificate, but I’m not sure if I want to leave the classroom, as stressful as that can be.  However, I am pretty certain that I want to try and become National Board Certified.  In a way, this decision is rather selfish.  Once I get the certification, I will receive a significant pay raise.  However, I also want to push myself as an educator and see if I am good enough to pass the rigorous and selective process. 


Quarter 1
November 13, 2007, 8:21 pm
Filed under: Daily Life

Do you know how you can tell the grading period is about to end?  Look at your calendar and tally up all the parent meetings you have.  It increases exponentially towards the end.  I’ve had a couple of meetings last week and a couple more this week.  Plus, I’ve received several emails requesting meetings, but those will have to wait until the beginning of the next quarter because I’m already booked this week.  I understand that parents are concerned about their children’s welfare, but these are just grades.  It doesn’t matter if the child is getting a C the first quarter.  If he still continues to get C’s every quarter after that, then I’d be more concerned.  But considering that I have freshmen who are still trying to get used to high school, I don’t think a C is something to be overly concerned about.  On the other side, I was a pretty neurotic student who always sought the A’s so I really have no right to say anything like that.  I guess I’m just getting tired of dealing with micromanaging parents.