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What Was I Thinking?
by Elizabeth Scheibl

Elizabeth Scheibl is working toward National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.

August 1, 2003

"What was I thinking?" That is a phrase I say to myself all too often. With two small children and planning for a move, my plate is certainly full enough already. Knowing that this would be my continuous complaint, however, I decided to simply buckle down and begin.

My first course of action was to read through Entry 4 and become completely familiar with the directions. Entry 4 requires you to discuss the contributions you've made to the teaching profession outside of the classroom.

Once I had done that, I read over the "accomplishment" I had written for the pre-candidate course. Using the feedback provided by the instructor, a National Board Certified teacher, I began to make my changes. Writing has always come easily to me and I write for enjoyment during my free time, (not that I'll have any now). By the time I was done, after approximately eight hours, I really felt as though I had a good piece for my entry.

This week, I have scheduled time to meet with a friend who is also going through Boards. I hope reading each others entries and bouncing ideas off one another will come in handy.

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Meet Elizabeth Scheibl

Elizabeth Scheibl received her bachelor's degree in English literature and elementary education from Providence College in May 1990. For five years, she was a resource teacher at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. For the past eight years, she has taught fourth grade at the school. Elizabeth enjoys the daily challenges that teaching offers and strives to grow and better herself as an educator.

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