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Now that you've got a good overview of the NBCT process and your personal timeline and game plan, it's time to tart digging in to the individual components. Hopefully, you also know what your specific Standards are and have a glossary of terms you will be able to use when you start writing. We have one more "Kiddie Pool" activity that will help you connect these standards to each component.
What you'll need:
This activity is fairly straightforward. Beginning with C2 (we'll come back to C1 at the end because it's a bit different), place both your Standards Table of Contents and the C2 Overview side by side. Compare your list of standards in the Table of Contents to the standards listed under the heading "...Standards Measured by Component 2" somewhere to the bottom of page 1. For each standard listed, write down "C2" on the dotted lines in your table of contents (I chose to use a specific color for each component so I could quickly find all of the "C2" annotations on this page. Repeat this process with component 3 and 4. When you are done, you should have an idea of which standards are measured in which components at a quick glance.
C1 is a bit different. Instead of having all of the standards listed in one place, you'll have to check a few places. First, in the Overview, you should see a table with the "Standards Measured by Selected Response Items". Locate each of the standards listed in that table and write "C1" next to those standards on your Table of Contents. However, the selected response items are only the first part of the test - you also need to check your constructed responses (essay question). Locate your sample questions - there should be three. Under the heading "Sample Exercise 1", there should be a standard listed. Annotate it on your table of contents if you haven't already.
If you'd like, take out your Standards Statements and copy these annotations to each of the standards listed here along with their descriptions. This may be helpful to get a more concrete idea of what they're looking for in your subject area as you write your Written Commentary and need a quick reminder.
Now, you have a quick-reference list for how the Standards connect to all four components. The last thing you need is a perspective for how heavily each of these items are weighted. At the top of each overview, add these percentages (accurate as of the 2020-2021 certification cycle; can be found in the "Scoring Guide" under "A Note about Scores and Weights"):
These percentages will not only be helpful in strategizing about which components to take/retake (I'm not planning on writing about this), but also keeping things in perspective when you're in the thick of things. From what you just annotated in your Standards Table of Contents and percentages, you should see that:
Remember, you killed a small forest and printed single-sided for a reason! Make sure you write down anything from this blog, other resources, and your own thoughts as you go!
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