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What Was I Thinking?
by Jennifer Sinotte

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

November 17, 2003

O.K. Why did I decide to do this? I'm going through a very rough week and I've fallen far behind in my schedule. I feel as though I'll never catch up. Even sitting here writing this entry for Education World is taking time away from working on the boards. What was I thinking? My stomach feels sick and I need to take a few days off. I haven't done anything for myself in months and I think if I walk away for a day or two, maybe I can regroup and start fresh....

...Well, I really don't feel any better. The day I took off yesterday just made me realize I am another day behind. BAD IDEA! I need to get refocused and pick up where I left off.

I just got off the phone with my friend and she made me realize that I can do this. I've talked with other national board candidates and I know at times they feel the same way I do, and I know I'm not alone. I have a very supportive principal, colleagues who are willing to help, and my own desire to achieve national certification. I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

Hopefully, my next entry will be more positive.

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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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