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    NBCT Tips
    By mshunny

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    Here are a few other tips for you. I attended a summer NBCT retreat and it has helped me a lot.

    1. Make sure you know the Big Ideas for science. I believe there are also some for math.
    2. Have someone read your writing. This way you can get a clear idea if you are answering the questions.
    3. When you are answering in the questions for an entry, you might want to write the question and then answer it underneath. Type the question in red and the answer in black. When your done, you can put it into paragraph form.
    4. Video tape your class a few times before you film your lesson. That way you tell if you can hear your students. It will also help the students get used to the camera.
    5. Send home student permission slips for videoing home at the beginning of the year. That way you can start videoing as soon as possible.

    I hope that you have a good principal who is willing to aid you in any was possible. Are there any teachers in your school or district that have been through the NBCT process? They would be good people to talk with. You might even want to check with your local university and see if they have any support groups or ways to help you. I am working with my local university. We have a profession NBCT group. There are NBCT teachers, teachers waiting for certification, teachers starting NBCT, and pre-candidates. We meet monthly and have a summer and winter retreat.

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