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Sticking to a Schedule
by Jennifer Sinotte

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

December 15, 2003

Well, it's almost over. I'm one month and one week away from the date all my materials are due! Right now, I'm concentrating on making the final changes to my drafts. Although I'm not finished with all the minor details (or even a few major ones!), I feel as though I've stuck to my schedule, and I'm confident that I'll be able to get everything in on time. My colleagues are still reading the final drafts of some of my entries, but as soon as I have those back, I can make the changes needed. Then I can focus on organizing the evidence for each entry and putting them together. I figure that task will take about a month if I stick to my plan to concentrate on one entry a week. (Remember, this is only a plan. With the holidays coming up I don't know whether it's a realistic plan.)

I've been looking back on the past nine months, and I have to say that making a weekly schedule and trying my best to stick to it really helped me stay focused and organized throughout this process. It might not work for everyone, but it definitely was beneficial for me. In the beginning, the process of setting up a schedule, going through all the requirements, and breaking them down into weeks, was time consuming -- but I think it was worth it.

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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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