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Planning and Preparing
by Elizabeth Scheibl

Elizabeth Scheibl is working toward National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.

September 15, 2003

Believe it or not, I have made some preliminary decisions on what science lessons I plan to videotape. Because the chance of having the video work out on the first try is slim, I found a few consecutive lessons that contain the prerequisites. I need to show the integration of mathematics and science. My school works with the Gems Net science kits, and I am hoping to use a lesson from the Land and Water kit. I feel somewhat relieved that I have a base from which to work, but I also am realistic that I will need to do a lot of practice videotaping to get the kids comfortable with it. Quite a bit of paperwork needs to be done as well. Permission slips have to go home and more importantly, come back! Prior to the permission slips, however, I need to draft a letter explaining to parents that I am trying to achieve National Board Certification and telling them what the requirements of the students will be. I hope I am not met with resistance. I would hate it if some of the children were unable to participate. I continue to gather verification of my accomplishments, but I have put the writing part of it to bed. I don't plan on changing it any more. I am learning that too many opinions aren't always helpful.

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Meet Elizabeth Scheibl

Elizabeth Scheibl received her bachelor's degree in English literature and elementary education from Providence College in May 1990. For five years, she was a resource teacher at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. For the past eight years, she has taught fourth grade at the school. Elizabeth enjoys the daily challenges that teaching offers and strives to grow and better herself as an educator.

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