I have to renew my teaching credentials in 2012.
Yes, I know that’s a long way away, but I’m learning from the mistakes of my past.
You see, I spent several hair-tearing hours at my dying mother’s kitchen table in June of ’09 trying desperately to piece together all the documents for the professional development hours I did during my last licensing cycle, and I distinctly remembering promising myself that I’d never – ever – do that to myself again.
In an effort to keep that promise, I’ve begun scanning the required documentation I’ve collected so far so that I can upload it all on my portfolio on our school’s website (which, really, is awesome. I think I’m going to really love having an electronic portfolio). I had a paper file at home, so I just laid it all on my scanner and loaded it on to my thumb drive. From here on out, I’ll scan certificates as I get them.
I just double-checked and, according to my state’s DOE site, I need a minimum of 75 professional development hours between now and 2012 to renew my license.
I just did the math (shut it; I did, so!!) and figured out that I already have 85 hours! Next Friday, I’m heading to the Holocaust Center to gather up 8 more!