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Rising Stress
by Elizabeth Scheibl

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

February 9, 2004

With only a few weeks to go, I feel the level of my ever present stress begin to rise. I still have corrections and changes to make to two entries, and I'm finding it very difficult to make decisions about the best of documentation to provide for all the entries.

I have too many pieces for Entry 1: Writing Through the Process. We're allowed only 20 pieces of student work for two prompts and two students. I have many drafts, but I want to be sure I include the most relevant pieces. I also am way over my documentation "budget" for Entry 4: Professional Accomplishments. Again the same issue arises: what's important and what's not? It all seems important to me.

I've also realized that one of my video tapes was recorded in extended play and, after looking back through the specifications, I see that all videos must be in standard playanother setback. I scramble to try to find the original digital tape and get it to the librarian to retape.

I'm beginning to think that I'm not as organized as I thought I was.

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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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