ha cha cha!
by, 08-01-2008 at 04:47 PM
Yay, I got a phone call today telling me that all of my hard work has paid off! I spent the last 2 years planning, documenting, collecting evidence, and writing reflections on my own teaching skills, and I'm happy to report that the state of California has signed off on me as a full-fledged teacher!
Now I just need to head over to the BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) office, pick up my 2 big fat portfolios, and send in my paperwork to clear my credential. I was so worried when I left all of my work behind at the end of the school year, but thankfully I'm done.
Basically, it's a 2 year program that sets you up with a mentor teacher and has you focus on 2 students for the year, while completing various teacher proficiency tasks that test your ablilities in meeting certain teaching standards. It's a lot of extra work on top of just starting out as a teacher. So you create these portfolios, stuffed full of lesson plans and student work samples, observation records, results, and rationales of why you did things the way you did them, and then some state-trained surveyors come out and go through the whole thing to decide if you pass or not. Very nervewrackng!
Once I go get my stuff back, I think I'll celebrate by throwing out this giant pile of student work that I've been hanging on to in case of emergency. Emergency averted!