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What If?
by Jennifer Sinotte

This week, we asked our diarists, "What if you don't achieve national certification? Will the process have been worth it anyway? Will you try again?"

March 1, 2004

If I don't achieve national certification on my first try, I'll continue to work at it until I do. The process itself is very time consuming and awfully nerve racking, but I do feel that it's worth it. I think the process has helped me look at my teaching practice in a different light; I analyze lessons more carefully now, and am continually asking myself how each lesson will improve student learning. I know I did that before, but not to the extent that I do it now. I feel that I'm an organized person, so if I don't make it, I'll again have to set a strict schedule to help myself stay focused while continuing the process. I keep saying that it can't be possible to fail everything -- can it?

Teachers who are thinking about going through this process, really needed to consider where they are in their lives and determine whether they have the time that needs to be devoted to the National Boards. I believe the process was worth my time -- but I AM GLAD IT IS OVER!

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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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