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Sticking to a Schedule
by Jennifer Sinotte

This week, we asked our diarists, "Has the national certification process been harder than you expected, easier than you expected, or just what you expected?"

January 5, 2004

So far the national certification process has been harder than I expected. Sure, I had heard all the stories about the countless hours spent in front of the computer, the family time sacrificed, the constant stress of the entire process but did I believe it?

I did realize that it would be a lot of hard work, but I don't think I prepared myself for all of the demanding expectations. I should have realized that with my personality, the stress alone would have a huge effect on my life. If my husband hadn't been studying for a huge exam himself, it would have been even harder.

Every waking moment is spent working on the process or thinking about the process. I keep asking myself, "How can I make the entry better? Did I remember to add that to the entry? Is this what they're looking for?" Those -- and a thousand other questions --constantly go through my mind. I think the real question is: Is it worth it? I'll let you know in November of 2004!

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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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