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Detailing My Accomplishments
by Elizabeth Scheibl

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

August 8, 2003

Finding the time to write has actually been easier than I originally thought possible. I try to dedicate the kids' afternoon nap time (about two hours a day) to getting started, and then I finish up with an hour or two after their bedtime. I haven't been able to devote every night to the process, but I have devoted most to it. Altogether I spent about 13 hours this week writing my accomplishments.

I finished my last two accomplishments, and feel they are strong. I met with my friend who is also a candidate, and that was very beneficial. She was able to see the things I missed much easier than I could, and we worked on making sure the language of the standards was included in all our accomplishments..

We also spoke to some teachers who passed their Boards last year; they all stressed the importance of making sure the description and analysis in our entries are clear. I've found, however, that keeping within the 12-page allotment is difficult for me. For some reason, I think the more words I use, the clearer the accomplishment will be. Reminder: less is more.

I passed all three of my accomplishments in to our support group instructor, and I am hoping for some helpful feedback. I also will be sharing them at the next support group meeting, though, and I am feeling a little nervous about that!

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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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