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Helping Each Other
by Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte is working toward National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist / Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood.

August 8, 2003

I am now into my second week of the National Certification process. This week, I spent about 12 hours in front of the computer revising Entry 4. I have to admit that I think about the National Boards constantly, and frequently find myself questioning my writing and the content of my accomplishments. I'm very critical of my own writing, though, so I decided to call on my colleague who also is going through the process.

My colleague and I are following a similar certification timeline, and so we have agreed to meet occasionally to critic each other's writing. Because I trust her and value her opinion, I feel comfortable having her review my work and give me suggestions on how to improve it.

We spent an afternoon reading each other's accomplishments and making sure we had the evidence to support what we were saying. I found it was very beneficial to have someone else read my entries, and I listened to what she had to say and filled in the gaps where she was confused as well.

Having someone there for support makes me feel more confident. It's nice to know that someone else is feeling much the same way I am.

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Meet Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Franklin Pierce College in May 1992, and her master's degree in special education from Providence College in May of 1998. Jennifer has spent her teaching career at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. For the first two years of her career, she was a resource teacher for grades four and five. For the past four years, Jennifer taught in a primary self-contained classroom, and recently switched to full-day kindergarten.

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