Ug, another late night. I have GOT to start going to bed earlier. But I guess it's who I am...
So those of you who live in Ohio (and other states if this applies) - let's talk about this 3rd grade reading guarantee. Not that I want to, but I'm so stressed and perplexed about some of this crazy law. So how many of you have been implementing this new reading intervention class (outside if Title I/Reading Recovery)? Meaning it has to be taught by a classroom teacher and teaching the lowest kiddos. Please tell me someone knows what I'm talking about?!?!? If you don't, that will stress me out more. :P What I want to know is how your school is doing this. We are implementing this extra reading intervention class K-2 (3rd and up departmentalize, so they have it covered in a different way). What I'm struggling with is the lack of time I have to teach what I'm supposed to teach. I have stressed, gotten angry, and cried over the ridiculouslessness (if that's a word...auto-correct says it's not...oh well, it's SO a word to me! :P). I can IMMEDIATELY feel my blood pressure rise when I think about this. I need to let it go. I just wish the state understood what they're doing to the kids who AREN'T low. Between Title I pull-outs, speech, and now intervention, I have half an hour to teach math, half an hour to teach writing, and an hour and a half to teach reading/language arts. Um, 2 1/2 hours? Are you serious? I struggle everyday. Majorly. Add in lunch, 2 recesses, and bathroom breaks, and out of the 6 hours we're at school, I get 2.5. 2.5. 2.5. I'm MAJORLY bothered by that. And I'm the teacher that's teaching 1st grade intervention, so there's that. Not that I mind. I like reading and I'd rather teach intervention than science/social studies any day...
How does your school do it?!?!? Please, we need ideas. We have done intervention the past few years, so that piece isn't new, but the scheduling and now the REQUIREMENT of it is really getting us. In past years 1st grade has done it 3 days a week, not 5. That really did help because Monday is the busiest day introducing lots of new concepts. So that extra half hour was golden.
I truly apologize for venting, but this has been on my mind so much since the beginning of the year and I'm overwhelmed to the max on how to fit it in and teach it all. I promise I love my job more than anything (sometimes too much), but as we all know there's a lot of stress involved! Once I can figure out how to maneuver my schedule I'll be fine. But I've rearranged it 3 times. Ugggg. I do reading groups/Daily 5 during Title I time, but you can't really introduce anything new while other kids are out of the room. Between Speech, Title I, and Intervention, I lose an hour a day. Ok...enough venting. Just tell me what you do. Please. Pretty please? :)
If you comment and leave your thoughts, please leave your e-mail address because I'm going to give away my October Math Centers to one lucky person! Even if you have nothing to say because you have no idea what I'm talking about, I want to know that, too. I need info from every realm. And if you don't want a chance to win the centers but would still like to leave a comment, please do, just omit your e-mail address. :) I realize I could get comments from upper-elementary bloggy friends, and these centers are appropriate for K-2, so it might not do you any good. :P
As a sidenote about the October Math Centers, I'm going to put them on sale for TOMORROW (10-1) ONLY! You can pick them up for only $4! :) And if you just can't wait to see if you've won and you want to pick them up tonight, I'm having a 15% off sale tonight...you've only got 25 more minutes, but you can snag them real quick! :)
Thanks, guys! :)
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