I had a lovely visit with my last principal, who signed my paperwork. Then came the surprising part--the state didn't want my paperwork. I guess that is not terribly unusual for professional licenses, but it seems.....risky. What if I hadn't actually done the things I said I did? I guess last time I renewed I was actively teaching and my principal kept the paperwork. Now, I'm supposed to maintain the records in case someone asks to see them. What's the likelihood of that? Are there spot checks? Is it possible that someone is actually teaching without meeting the renewal requirements?
I am one of the first to admit that inservices, classes, even substituting do not make a good teacher. It's lots more complex than that. I guess I'll just have to assume that the system works and we are all conscientious and trustworthy. Sheesh, that's tough for an old skeptic like me.