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by Nicole Chiarello

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

February 16, 2004

I'm officially in trouble. I was chosen to be a juror on a murder trial! My boards are due in less than a month, and the judge won't give me any sort of time frame for when the case could be over. I cannot get anything done during the day, and at night I'm exhausted from trying to focus and pay attention to the lawyers all day. I had to spend my entire weekend typing.

My goal now is to finish Entry 2, "Fostering Communications Development," in which I have to show a lesson focusing on communication or literacy. That's the one I have the videotape done for, but I have to pick only fifteen minutes of the videotape to send in and include a reflection on the videotape. I had to watch the tape over and over before I found the fifteen minutes that best captures the standards this entry focuses on.

You're given a suggested page length for each part of the entry. This entry has a maximum of thirteen pages -- and mine is only eleven pages. I'm going to give the paper to my mentor to see if she can see an area I can add to. I think eleven pages is too short -- if I could get on the twelfth page at least, I would feel better.

My mentor is wonderful. She reads, edits, and offers suggestions for the papers. I could not do this without her help!

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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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