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The Words Escape Me!
by Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte is working toward National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist / Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood.

August 18, 2003

I decided to take one more look at my Accomplishments before beginning my two-page Reflection. I found that I felt pretty comfortable with my writing; the time has come to get another opinion.

I sent my entry to a National Board Certified Teacher who completed the process last year. We met to discuss the certification process at the end of the last school year, and she agreed to read my work over the summer and comment on it. So, while she was reading my latest entry, I had time to review the three questions I had to answer in the reflective summary, the part of the entry in which a candidate highlights the significance of his or her Accomplishments and reflects on them

I am struggling with my thoughts. I know what I want to say, but I'm finding it difficult to put into words. Suddenly, I remember that I purchased the "National Board Certification Handbook," and open it to page 55, which provides helpful vocabulary to use in writing the entries. The book helped a little, but I'm still frustrated. I think I'll give myself the rest of the day off and pick up where I left off tomorrow. I've spent about ten hours working this week and I still have two days to go!

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Meet Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Franklin Pierce College in May 1992, and her master's degree in special education from Providence College in May of 1998. Jennifer has spent her teaching career at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. For the first two years of her career, she was a resource teacher for grades four and five. For the past four years, Jennifer taught in a primary self-contained classroom, and recently switched to full-day kindergarten.

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