A National Board Certified Teacher, who was paired with a student-teacher for the first time this year, said she learned about her own teaching by watching another educator in action. Sarah Henchey also shares several tips for those paired with a student-teacher. She writes that it's important to be positive, but honest; be supportive, but not forceful; explain the motivations behind decision-making; create opportunities for analyzing effectiveness; and welcome feedback from the student-teachers.
A Florida teacher's dedication to creating hands-on lessons for her students has earned her a trip to Peru after she won the National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Teacher Challenge. "I realized that I could do a whole lot with my kids, where I really try to steer away from work sheets," said Carissa Lloyd. "It's hard to do with math, but I see the benefits of it."
The superintendent of North Carolina's Newton-Conover City Schools, Barry Redmond, says he does not favor a proposal by state lawmakers that would cut some financial assistance for teachers pursuing National Board Certification. The state currently pays application fees for teachers.
A National Board Certified Teacher in Florida is praising state lawmakers' decision to continue providing bonuses for NBCTs, writing in a letter to The Miami Herald that teachers with national certification "go above and beyond." Kathleen Pham writes that NBCTs could contribute even more if school groups, community organizations and parents partner with them to improve education.
An increasing number of Arizona middle schools are adding skateboarding, Pilates, line dancing and other activities to their physical-education curricula. Officials say they expect more students to enroll in P.E. because of the courses, offered through a program called Partners for Healthy Active Adolescents.