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Sunday, September 07, 2008


It finally happened.

I finally feel totally and completely overwhelmed.

I have no idea what I'm teaching tomorrow, not because I don't have enough content to fill the day, but because I have entirely too much. I don't know how to best fit it all in. I don't know how to worst fit it all in either.

Tomorrow's going to be chaotic and disjointed.

Also, we're probably not going to do science or social studies, again. It's the 4th week of school and I have pseudo done social studies a few times, I haven't done science at all.


Blogger The Science Goddess said...

No science? Naughty, naughty.

Just take a deep breath and give yourself permission to have a simple day. If you need to, just teach straight out of the curriculum guides...or better yet, take a sub day later this week and stay home and plan. Find out who the good subs are for your school---the ones who know all the routines. Ask for one of them.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Not Quite Grown Up said...

But that´s the problem. That´s what´s making me crazy. I´m trying to just teach the curriculum straight from the books and there is TOO MUCH in the book to possibly do in one day!

And I want to teach science! I love teaching science!! Science is fun and interactive. But the reading book is SO FULL of STUFF that I can't figure out what I can just skip and what I can't, because it's all kind of connected, but not connected enough to be able to mesh topics together, but connected too much to leave things out.

And one of the reading specialists is coming into my room tomorrow to help for about 40 minutes during literacy, but I don't want this person to come help because it's all going to be a HUGE mess.


(Truly, I know it'll be okay. But when I think about it, and how I don't get another weekend until five days from now, I can't imagine how everything's going to fit in and how I'm actually going to teach the kids anything. That is teach as opposed to just occupy. I know I can occupy them, but I'm way too disorganized to teach them much of anything.)

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is okay (I know that the administration would flame me for saying this) to teach fewer topics than you are supposed to, just so long as you don't do it every day.

Heck, in high school, we do it.

Just give yourself permission to cover half of today, today, and the other half, tomorrow. :) Just don't make a habit of it.

The kids will really like the spice it adds to the regular grind of their day.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right - there is too much too teach. There is no way you can possibly do EVERYTHING you're supposed to do. Pick the reading activities you think are the most effective, or the ones you like the best, or the ones you think will work best with your students, and do those. Most of the reading skills will be presented over and over again, so it's not like they will NEVER get a chance to make predictions if you don't take the time to make predictions on every page of this story (next week's story will have the same making predictions activities, so you can pick that up then).

Do you have science or social studies stories or articles that the kids can read, therefore combining science/ social studies and readin/language arts? (Maybe this works better in the highter grades, when the kids can read on their own... I don't know?)

Listen to the Science Goddess - take a deep breath. It'll be okay. You'll figure it out, and give yourself permission to not be Inhumanly Perfect.

10:56 PM  

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