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It Feels Like Bragging!
by Elizabeth Scheibl

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

August 18, 2003

Believe it or not, I actually have had time to spend with my husband and children and to pack most of my house. All three of my entries are complete -- and at exactly 12 pages. I made the necessary revisions and had a great experience sharing my pieces at the support session. Everyone gave very constructive criticism and I used many of the suggestions offered. Five heads really are better than one! Writing about myself was much harder than I thought it would be, though -- it felt like bragging.

Now, with the three Accomplishments done, I've started to work on my two-page Reflection. I find that tying the three Accomplishments together and discussing how they impacted student learning is a challenge. I wrote my rough draft in one day, but then I had to take a break! I've spent as much time on these two pages as I did on a five-page Accomplishment.

When it's done, I plan to share my reflective summary with our support session instructor to make sure I'm on the right page; and then, with her feedback, I'll adjust it. All said, I've spent 12 to 15 hours wrapping this entry up.

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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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