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Overwhelmed and Over Extended
by Elizabeth Scheibl

This week, we asked our diarists, "Has the national certification process been harder than you expected, easier than you expected, or just what you expected?"

January 5, 2004

I have found the national board process to be what I expected: very difficult. I'm finding it very hard to juggle everything and still stay organized at school, home, and with my board work. One important thing that anyone thinking about beginning this process should consider is whether he or she really has the time to devote to it.

Some progress has been made, however. Having another day this week to meet with my colleagues was very beneficial. I also taped two more social studies lessons -- and my students are getting better at the taping process. I've found that if I have a "dress rehearsal," in which I model with the group the expected behavior and criteria, the taping goes more smoothly.

My students also engaged in some good conversations during the latest taping, and because the topic -- Christmas -- was high interest, they were well motivated. I'm still feeling very stressed, however, and I'm realizing that I only can do so much. Running myself down won't do anyone any good.

During the upcoming week, I plan to gather together my work samples and organize them. Hopefully, I'll find the time to accomplish that goal!

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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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