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Stress Relief
by Stephanie Capalbo

Stephanie Capalbo is working toward National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.

December 1, 2003

Let me fill you in on the stress I am feeling. I spent the past 2 weekends not working on the National Boards. One weekend, I went away with some friends. The next week, I spent the entire weekend sick in bed. Was it punishment for going away for a weekend? I'll never know!

The stress of making quality videotapes is starting to overwhelm me. One of the lessons I have to videotape is on integrating math and science. Just the word science makes me quiver. Earlier, I had a long conversation with an old friend -- who just happens to be a science instructor at NYU (New York University)! She's agreed to "tutor" me in science over the Thanksgiving weekend, so I'll feel more comfortable about the delivery of my science lesson. I have some ideas for the lesson, but I'm afraid of missing the "Big Science Idea" I should be focusing the lesson on. She also has agreed to come to school and videotape a lesson for me.

Note to self: Put in a request to borrow the school camera; lately, it seems to be busy more often than not!

My friend's observation will help me see what's missing from the "Big Science Idea" I need to demonstrate, while helping me focus on the teaching and learning of my students. I feel a little more at ease now; maybe I actually can go to sleep tonight... it's 12:30a.m. as I type this!

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Meet Stephanie Capalbo

Stephanie Capalbo received a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in elementary education from Rhode Island College in May 1995. She became certified in early childhood education in August 1997. For the past six years, Stephanie has been teaching kindergarten at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. In the fall of 2000, the kindergarten at Bradford became the first and only kindergarten in the district to receive accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 2003, Stephanie was named Westerly's Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.

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