Achieving National Board Certification for School Library by Gail K. Dickinson

By Gail K. Dickinson

To accomplish the excellence of nationwide Board Certification, university library media experts face daunting demanding situations requiring labor, educating wisdom, collaborative talents, organizational skill, and braveness. placed a pleasant mentor on your nook! This examine consultant coaches college library media experts via examination specifics. writer, librarian and educator Gail Dickinson has been at the entrance strains because the nationwide Board for pro instructing criteria (NBPTS) brought library media criteria in 2000. Her paintings has helped deliver the rigorous certification strategy into standpoint, resolution questions, and allay matters of these going for certification or contemplating it. no matter if you're contemplating nationwide Board certification, within the technique of reaching certification, or are looking to remain present at the most sensible practices in educating, this e-book is for you. during this hands-on source, Dickinson breaks down a fancy and intimidating strategy into pleasant, bite-sized items, and: indicates easy methods to start, be equipped, and remain on target with checklists, counsel, and routines; outlines confirmed techniques to collaborative guide, literature appreciation, and integrating expertise; and highlights sensible how one can record accomplishments, a serious requirement. no matter if used as a workshop consultant, for reference or self-study, this obtainable consultant prepares present applicants (and these within the method) to stand the Board review adventure. it is packed with inspiring examples and suggestion from those that were via it and will cheer you directly to luck.

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2. Write down your reflections after each reading session. As your work with the NBPTS process continues, you will want to capture your thoughts, especially those at the beginning of the process. Keep a notebook handy to jot down phrases that can be used as reflection prompts. 3. Mark the standards freely. Use different colored highlighters to make statements stand out, scribble in the margins, and draw arrows and underlines. Make the process physical. 4. Read often. Replace the summer beach reading with a copy of the standards.

The Library Media Specialist as a Teacher of Children In order to be a successful candidate for NBPTS certification, the school library media specialist must be a skilled teacher and have the ability to focus those skills on students from ages 3 to 18 or older. With the wide range of ages that this represents, the school library media specialist must stay attuned to educational processes affecting all age and grade levels. This may mean a large chunk of time spent catching up on professional reading and an understanding of educational practices before beginning the NBPTS process.

In the portfolio process, candidates will have to discuss individual students and their learning. This can cause some degree of consternation for candidates, especially those in large schools. How can one person know the learning styles, home environment, and exceptionalities of 2,000 students in a large high school? Although it is conceivable that a classroom teacher over the course of the year can get to know a class of students to the depth that the standard requires, it is less obvious that a library media specialist, even in a relatively small school of 500 students, can do the same.

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