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I Deserve a Break Today!
by Stephanie Blackburn

Stephanie Blackburn is working toward National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.

September 15, 2003

I can't even think anymore. School is starting, I've hardly done any planning, and I am on overload. I took a break before school started to enjoy a week with my husband, family, and friends. I tried hard not to think about anything, but every night as I tried to sleep, thoughts of school and the Boards raced through my head. Everyone seemed to be asking me about school. How many students do you have? What are you teaching this year? Have you planned any fun field trips? Have you thought about teaching "xyz" in your class? What is the National Board thing all about? Why are you doing it? How did you get involved? I know they were only trying to be supportive, but I really didn't want to have to think about all that during my break time! I needed a clear head before I got back into the swing of things. The only addition to this week's list is "no list!" Previous diary entry Next diary entry
Meet Stephanie Blackburn

Stephanie Blackburn, one of Education World's 2002-2003 teacher diarists, received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Rhode Island in May 1994. For the first two years of her teaching career, Stephanie worked as an enrichment specialist in the talent development program for the Westerly, Rhode Island, school district. For the past seven years, she has taught fourth grade at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly. Stephanie was awarded a 2002 National Educator Award by the Milken Family Foundation, in a program that provides recognizes elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education.

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