Are their any sci-packs or sci-guides that are helpful preparing for national boards evaluations?

Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee
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If you are preparing for the content level tests, I would say a definite yes! I was an assessor for the Earth Science content test several years ago, and after having seen the level of understanding addressed in the SciPacks they would be excellent review materials. Depending on which area test you are taking, if time allows, be sure to review some of the SciObjects for supporting areas as well. For example, biology draws a lot on chemistry concepts, so it wouldn't hurt to review some chemistry. Physics tends to include astronomy concepts (which I studied in my Earth Science program). Earth science draws from many other fields, but things like heat transfer (energy transfer) affects air, oceans, and mantle processes (and is also something that comes up in chemistry with kinetic theory and rate of reactions). These are the things that tend to unexpectedly trip people up, they are good in a focused understanding of their science area but sometimes fail to review the topics that support those things ("I know the mantle moves, but I can't remember which thing convection, conduction, or radiation from the core that causes it", for example - perhaps a lame example but hopefully you get the point).

Tina Harris
Tina Harris
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Professional Development > National Boards Hi Michelle. As a National Board Certified Teacher, I whole heartedly agree with Tina. If you are going for the EA certification I would review as many as I could just to get the basic concepts under my belt as well as ideas as to how you would teach the concepts to students. If you are going for the AYA certification, you will want to concentrate on your specialty area making sure that you can demonstrate understanding of the concept in depth. I facilitate groups of candidates from elementary through high school. Resources that I always recommend to my candidates are using Page Keeley’s “Uncovering” prompts as well as Bill Robertson’s “Faking It!” series. Both of these resources have been incredibly useful in identifying misconceptions students have on concepts as well helping build a strong foundation of science understanding. While it is really hard to prepare for the assessment center, I have found reading through the NSTA journals at the grade levels the certification spans is helpful too. The articles help you with the current ideas and strategies being utilized successfully in classrooms. I particularly like the columns, such as those dealing with technology and engineering. They are full of great ideas and common terminology I found useful when responding to the written entries as well as at the assessment center. The more you have read the more confident you will be when you go to the assessment center. I hope this helps, I look forward to hearing how your National Board work goes. Wishing you the best – this will be the best professional development experience you have ever had.

Sandy Gady
Sandy Gady
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