Life has been getting away from me again, I think that's just to be expected with the phase I'm in right now (two littles, working full time plus, lots of home projects, busy with family life...). I totally accept it, but I keep coming back to this place as a way for me to pause; a forced stop and reflection. Writing has always been my way of processing, that and talking myself in circles until I finally think my explanation makes sense. Writing is way more effective. So although there may be long periods of silence between posts, don't be surprised when I pop back up again and again and again. I'm not in the game of going back and cataloging everything that I've left out, but of sharing and processing what is happening in the here and now.
Most exciting right at this moment? I passed my National Board certification! I found out on Saturday morning, and it's still making me feel rather cheery almost a week later. I worked on it last school year, feeling a little rushed by going on maternity leave at the end of February. It didn't leave me as much time as I would have liked to get video footage in my classroom, or find the "perfect" unit to analyze.. So I was very, very happily surprised to see passing scores when I logged in Saturday morning.
I'm not sure that I love the National Board system, although they are currently revamping the process so maybe it continue to improve. So I'm surprised at the feelings of pride and of validation in my teaching skills that are mixed in with my relief at not having to resubmit and try again this year. Not having to worry about my certification for another 10 years? Probable cash bonus every fall? Priceless.