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Susan Armenta Nick Faber Steven V. Griend Evelyn J. Gunn Donna Hilton Carol Midgett
 
  Introduction

  “No Greater Calling”

  “Every Student’s Right”

“Becoming the Best”

  “Leading Together”

  Tips for Schools

  Success Stories

  Share Your Story

Becoming the Best:
The Journeys to Accomplished Teaching

Segment: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Below are links to video segments of this program, accompanied by summaries of those segments. In addition, you can click on the link below to download the Models of Teaching guide for this program. While you do not need the guide to watch the video, having it in front of you as you are watching might help you with the self-tutorial and the workshop sections in the guide. You will need to download the guide in order to complete the self-tutorial and the workshop questions.

Although you do not need the entire Models of Teaching guide for this section, you may wish to read through the other sections at another time. Bookmark this page so you can come back to it later.

Objective of Unit

In learning more about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Core Propositions, participants will find ways to apply these Propositions to meet their needs, goals and objectives. Participants will also recognize the need to reflect to grow as teachers in order to be life-long learners and greater experts in their subject areas and their profession. Finally, participants will understand how the relationship between instruction and assessment can positively impact their ability to grow as educators.

Audience

This program was produced for pre-service to veteran teachers and educators, particularly those thinking about becoming National Board Certified. This unit is designed for both self-paced viewing and for facilitators.

Program Description

In order to participate in the self-tutorial and instructions, you will need to download the MOT guide.

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NBPTS Propositions 1-5

Segment 1The host of this series, Charles Coble, begins by likening great teachers to champions and heroes. Like champions in any other field, teaching champions must travel an arduous journey to reach a level of mastery. Accomplished teachers are life-long learners, thirsty for new knowledge, who come to realize and appreciate that the journey never really ends. One journey that many successful teachers take is that of becoming certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The video then outlines the five Core Propositions established by NBPTS (see Appendix 3.1).

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NBPTS Propositions 1-4

Segment 2The video first features Melissa Oxendine, a National Board-Certified teacher in a rural, multi-cultural community. The segment illustrates Melissa’s commitment to students and their learning. It also shows Melissa’s emphasis on continual reflection to improve herself, on making learning fun and meaningful to her students, and on collaborating with others.

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NBPTS Propositions 1-5

Segment 3The second teacher featured in the video is Judy Jones, a National Board-Certified high school biology teacher. Like the other teachers in the video, she talks about the need to grow and learn in the job. She’s grateful for some of the opportunities she has had to collaborate with other educators. Judy also talks about her success with creating lessons that are very inter-disciplinary in nature.

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NBPTS Propositions 1, 2, 5

Segment 4In response to a significant community disaster Liz Doster and Ann Simo have come together with a community of learners to increase their content knowledge and to affirm their commitments to lifelong learning while presenting content directly relevant to the lives of their students.

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NBPTS Propositions 1, 3, 4

Segment 5This segment offers an interview with university professor, David Gabbert. Much like Proposition #3, this section focuses on the task of monitoring and managing student learning. David ties assessment to instruction and believes that tying instruction to students’ experiences and weaving them into assess-ment creates greater inspiration to learn.

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NBPTS Propositions 2, 4, 5

Segment 6From there, the video travels to the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC. It is a place where teachers converge to learn things such as how to develop and sustain communities of learners through professional development — much like Proposition #5 calls for. The Center’s Director of Education Programs Richard Schramm identifies its mission to give teachers the opportunity to learn from one another and to reenter their classrooms refreshed. Schramm says the Center seeks to add more of an intellectual dimension to the teaching profession. The video portrays some of the discussions and projects in which teachers participate at the National Humanities Center.

Self-Tutorial

You will need to have downloaded the guide for this section.

Workshop

You will need to have downloaded the guide for this section.

To request a VHS copy of Becoming the Best (30 minute program for $20 or $45 for all three professional development series, programs 2-4), call UNC-TV’s Customer Care at 1-888-292-7070.

All 4 programs in the series are available for $65.

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