The Musings of a High School English teacher in Baltimore City
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Finsihing up National Boards
Blogging has been light lately, mostly because of National Board. I waited until the relative last minute for a couple of the entries; I'll be working on this all the way until the deadline on Wednesday. The most difficult part was/is Entry 1, which I really wish I had given myself more time for. Usually I can write about myself and my teaching with ease, but this is making me go a lot slower, more methodically, and the results are I'm only on page 5 of a 13-page entry. I'm not even positive I'm writing it correctly, but what I'm writing feels good. I've gone through such stages with this whole project; last year, I regretted doing it, but sent in my final entry at the last minute; I thought I was going to not do so well, but I got a perfect score. This year, I feel like I've gone through so much (the IB IV class, with its deadlines, has made me work harder than I have, probably ever), and really wish I hadn't taken on National Board. There were a few places I wished I could have jumped ship. But I didn't. Now, I'm 72 hours from having to send it off and am glad it's coming to an almost-close. I've enjoyed the reflection that it has compelled me to go through, but I still don't know if it was the best year to attempt this. We'll see.