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Running Out of Time
by Jennifer Sinotte

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

January 12, 2004

This week, I finished the rough copy of Entry 3...the entry about social skills. My video includes a child from my classroom interacting with other children during center time. After reviewing the video, I'm not sure if I did it correctly. The segment requires the child to socialize without the help of the teacher, but I'm not sure whether I should be in the video more. I've already finished the entry, however, and I really don't want to go back and change it. I've reviewed the video with a colleague and she seemed to think it was good, but I'm also sending both the entry and the videotape to a board certified teacher to review as honestly as possibly. If I need to tape again, I need to do it soon. I'm running out of time!

I'm glad the process is coming to an end. We only have one more month before the entries have to be sent in. I'm allowing myself a few weeks to organize the materials -- a process that requires a lot of work on its own. If you don't put everything together correctly, the reviewers won't even score it. My next step is to call the assessment center...something else to worry about!

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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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