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Who Has the Camera?
by Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello is working toward National Board Certification as an Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Specialist.

December 1, 2003

This week, I had the school's video camera set up in my room for an entire day. I decided to leave it running so I could check for sound quality and lighting. I had to move my camera to the other side of the room in order to get every student in the shot, which meant the camera was facing toward the window. I also decided to turn the camera on to tape a whole group lesson and a small group lesson at the side table.

When I was done videotaping for the day, I removed the tape; I planned on taking it home to view at night. I suddenly wondered whether the tape actually would play on my video camera at home. (I hadn't thought of that when I was taping.) If it doesn't work, I'll have to have someone help me transfer the video to a VCR tape.

Another problem I've been running into is the availability of the camera. With five people in one building working toward their National Boards -- and all of us needing to videotape entries -- getting the equipment can be difficult. I've only had it for 3 days so far. So, I've decided to bring in my own video camera from home. It's not as nice as the camera that's available through the school, but I think the benefits of having a camera available whenever I want it outweigh those differences.

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Meet Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo, of the State University of New York, in May 1994 and her master's degree in special education, learning and behavior disorders from Buffalo State College in December 1996. For the remainder of the 1996-1997 academic year, Nicole worked as an inclusion teacher at Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School in Sanborn, N.Y. For the past six years, she has taught a district-wide special education program for three-to-five students with emotional and behavioral concerns at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. Nicole was named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2000. She is currently serving on a district team focusing on social, emotional, and behavioral concerns in the classroom.

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