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Real Life Isn't Perfect
by Elizabeth Scheibl

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

January 19, 2004

Well, I've decided to go with the tape I originally planned to use. I don't "love" it, but enough is enough. I've taped seven times for the two entries that require videos and it's been a huge undertaking for everyone. There has to be something good about this one. It was a good lesson that connected to my curriculum, and that's what matters -- not whether one of the kids misbehaved or I looked up at the camera, made a silly face, or looked fat. That's real life! I don't have time to reinvent the wheel. My friends have said that the videos don't and shouldn't be perfect because -- in real life-- there are flaws in our teaching. Hopefully, we learn from them; that's what makes us reflective and effective teachers. Here we go...I'm writing entry 2. God speed!

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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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