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The Benefits
by Jennifer Sinotte

This week, we asked our diarists, "How do you think your efforts to achieve national certification have benefited your students?"

February 2, 2004

I would have to say that my work on the NBPTS has been of value to my students. The additional time I take to analyze my teaching and to reflect on my own practices also benefits my students. In the past, my lessons were well planned and goal-oriented, and that still is true. Now, however, I take more time to reflect on each lesson, to look at what I did well, and at what I could do better. I don't know whether it has ever been proven that the national certification process provides value to students, but I know that what I've done during the past year has helped me become a better teacher, and that my students have grown because of that. I don't seek national board certification to boost my ego; I did it to become a better teacher!

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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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