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Cut!
by Elizabeth Scheibl

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

November 3, 2003

I decided that I needed to create another videotape for submission. The first attempt was good, but a little too noisy. I had trouble hearing the kids, and so I assumed the assessors would too. Fortunately, the librarian at our school has been wonderful. She's very flexible and gives of her time freely. We're lucky to have her.

So I scheduled another taping and we were off. I had made sure to notify the office that taping was in progress and that I couldn't have any interruptions. (The office staff also has been very accommodating.) I made some adjustments in seating to help improve the audio portion of the tape, and I was feeling confident that I would get the 15 minutes of tape I needed to move onto an analysis of the video. We were going strong and all was going well. Could it be that entry three was close to completion?

At 14 minutes and 45 seconds into the tape, the loudspeaker let out a BEEEP! and an all too familiar voice said, "Mr. Romeo could you please come to the office!"

I almost died. The tape was ruined! The kids all turned to look at me as if to say, "What now?" Later, the secretary came down to my room very apologetic; there had been an emergency and they needed to find the principal ASAP. Well, I guess we'll try again next week.

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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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