Wrapping things up on the credential

As I mentioned Friday, I’m switching gears. Instead of pursuing a masters in education, I’m going to get it in art. I will begin that program in the fall if all goes well.

In the mean time, I am jumping through all the hoops Chapman is placing in front of me before I can apply for my big-people’s teaching credential (I’m on an internship credential now.)

First off, I finally finished Task 4 yesterday and mailed it Priority Mail to Chapman’s evaluators. Luckily I need only complete Task 4, not all four tasks, because of my admission date. I missed having to also do Task 3 by one day. Task 4 involved collecting: an unedited 30-minute video of one of my lessons, a huge prompt-and-reponse form which totalled 21 pages when I was through, student samples, photos of what was on view during the discussion, a floorplan of my classroom, and legal releases from all of my students. It took my about a month to complete. I should hear about my grade on it by the end of the month.

Second, I was missing proof in my Chapman file that I had completed 60 hours of observations or teaching. I thought I’d already taken care of it. I’d written up the letter for last year’s Principal to sign, and I thought I’d submitted it. So I mailed a new copy to the Principal from last year, and I hope she gets it back to me soon.

Third, I have my exit interview scheduled for April 10. I have to compile a huge exit portfolio which has significant evidence that I met each of six Teacher Performance Expectations. I began the portfolio about a year ago, but I need to add much more and update what’s already in there. It will take significant time. I’ve got a three-inch D-ringer binder in which to keep it all together, well-organized and in sheet protectors.

Soon! Very soon!

By Dawn Pedersen

Science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, and mommy.

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