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Scene 1, Take 2
by Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello is working toward National Board Certification as an Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Specialist.

December 8, 2003

This week, I finally got my classroom video transferred onto a VCR tape, so I could watch it at home. I was embarrassed to have anyone else see the tape, but my boyfriend (who also is a special education teacher) insisted on watching it with me. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my entire life! The beginning of the tape focused on me working with my third graders during reading group. I had the camera set on a tripod, so all of us at the table could be seen. What I didn't notice was that one of my boys had his face turned towards the camera during most of the taping. He was smiling, winking, and waving at the camera. I was busy trying to get another student to open his book and begin reading, so I didn't notice what he was doing. When it was the little ham's turn to read, he immediately started reading aloud and did a great job. Then, when he was done reading, he gave another smile, wink, and waved to the camera!

After the small reading group, I moved the camera so I could get all my students in the picture. When I watched the video, I noticed that the glare from the windows made some of the students' faces hard to see. I also noticed that one student couldn't be seen at all. I'll need to move his seat next time I videotape. I also have decided to have my assistant hold the camera next time!

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Meet Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo, of the State University of New York, in May 1994 and her master's degree in special education, learning and behavior disorders from Buffalo State College in December 1996. For the remainder of the 1996-1997 academic year, Nicole worked as an inclusion teacher at Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School in Sanborn, N.Y. For the past six years, she has taught a district-wide special education program for three-to-five students with emotional and behavioral concerns at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. Nicole was named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2000. She is currently serving on a district team focusing on social, emotional, and behavioral concerns in the classroom.

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