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So, You Want to Become a National Board Certified Teacher? A Handbook of Teacher Tips for Successfully Completing the NBPTS Certification, Revised, Expanded & Updated Edition 2nd Revised & Enlarged Edition

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About the Author

Jerry Parks earned B.S., M.A., & Ed.S. degrees in education from Eastern Kentucky University, and completed graduate work at the University of Kentucky. He became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in 2002. He is a regular speaker at National Middle School Association conferences, and is currently department chairman and instructor of social studies at Georgetown Middle School in Georgetown, Kentucky. Feel free to contact Jerry with any questions, concerns, or comments about this book at: kidztchr7@hotmail.com, or jparks@scott.k12.ky.us.Dr. Parks has also published two other books. His first, With Joseph in the University of Adversity: The Mizraim Principles is based on principles from the life of Joseph the Hebrew in the Old Testament. His second book, Teacher Under Construction: Things I Wish I?d Known, is a handbook to help new middle school teachers in their first year of teaching.
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  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Weekly Reader Teacher's Press; 2nd Revised & Enlarged edition (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595327281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595327287
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jerry Parks was born and lives in Lexington, KY. He currently teaches 7th grade social studies at the Georgetown Middle School. Jerry has taught for 27 years, and is a member of the The National Teachers Hall of Fame, and the USA-TODAY All-American Teacher Team. He is the author of 10 books, ranging from Christian studies on prayer, the Book of Revelation, and Joseph the Hebrew, to instructional guides for new teachers, and NBPTS certification for seasoned classroom pros. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Author House Publishers, and speaks at various national conferences across America. He is available for speaking engagements when his schedule allows.

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Many books like this are either too detailed and complex, too expensive, out of date and unusable, or all of the above. Others are just a regurgitation of the NBPTS tips which are free.

"So, You Want to Become a National Board Certified Teacher?" is a no-nonsense, lean and to-the-point handbook that is none of the above.

While the familiar NBPTS helps are discussed, the book also includes a very helpful self-test on potential candidate readiness. It also has an invaluable list of so-called 'buzzwords' to include when writing entries--many I had not considered.

The premise of the book is "it's all in how you write it", and the emphasis is on keying in on core content, NBPTS buzzwords, organization, etc. While little of the information is profound or revolutionary, much of it is stuff I just wouldn't have thought of--and this is the strength of the book.

All in all, the book is worth the price. The author writes in a conversational style, and not like other authors who seem to talk down to the rest of us. The 'tips 'n tidbits', and check boxes are really concise and helpful. So are the many websites for assistance.

The work is attractively packaged, and organized for quick reference. The most helpful part, I repeat, is that lengthy list of 'buzzwords'. I am convinced Parks is right--the way your entries are presented is the key.

I would think any certification area could benefit from the advice and information in this handbook. I'll let you know next year if I do!
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This was my third attempt. I bought Jerry Parks's book, and took the advice. I passed with a 3** total score! and I made a 4.0 on my retake entry. In particular, the advice: "Write in first person, active voice," really clicked with me. Also: "keep it simple!".

I addressed every instructional component, remaining mindful that how I answered each question should reflect linkage with the standards. I thank the Lord that I found this book, and that I bought it! I wished that I would've had it 3 years ago. Thanx so much from a Louisiana Lady!
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Having the pleasure of working with Jerry Parks is one of the many highlights of my job, and to read and share his writing has enlightened so many other professionals.

This little book possesses a vast amount of pertinent information that promotes completion of certification in a timely and efficient manner. The "tips" are precise, and written in a manner easily understandable and adaptable. For candidates seriously pursuing National Board Certification, this book is a must read!
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If you have already shelled out the money to become Nationally Board Certified then you will want to spend a little more to make sure you get it right the first time. I wish I had this book the first time around. The buzzwords are particularly helpful. The format of this book is a little easier to navigate than other NBPTS books. I found that it was worth the price.
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I enjoyed reading through this book and would have loved to have had such a direct and concise guide while I was going through the National Boards process. It really will be helpful to future candidates. Good Work!
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I purchased this book along with another National Boards book. Both have been helpful tools.
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Just finished reading "So, You Want to Become a National Board Certified Teacher?" and it may be one of the best investments I've made in my teaching profession so far.

After 30 years at IBM, I decided the best way to give back would be to teach. I just finished my first year as a second grade teacher and plan to apply for NBCT as soon as I'm eligible in June 2008. (Old broads can't afford to waste time :-) I'm planning to use this book over the next 24 months to help me prepare for the NBPTS process. Thanks!
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This book was great. It was a short read and had some great tips. I read it when I began the NB process but kept coming back to it for new info. Even came back to it as I began packing the "box". I shared it with a friend who was doing a completely different area than I was. It is well worth the money.
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