I taught 3 years at a private school. This is my first year in public. I'm so overwhelmed with the materials I am required to teach. I am teaching 3rd grade - the first grade for state testing. Over the first few weeks I SCRAMBLED to get all of the materials covered. I thought I was just unorganized - SO UNLIKE me. But, this week - since there is no school because of Hurricane Francis - I sat down and did a "schedule-at-a-glance summary. I found out that I only have ALL of my students for 1 1/2 hours a day! The rest of the time a bunch are taken out for ESOL or ESE. In that 1 1/2 hours I am responsible for morning work (8-8:30), Math, reading and science/social studies and WRITING!! Now, I don't know about the rest of you but math and writing take quite a while to teach. I even put two subjects together (ex. I have them write a paragraph about something learned in previous science/ss.)
I understand that we have children that require special programs...but, are we taking them out of the class too much? I just don't know what to do...we need more hours in the day.
Was education THAT different when I went to school?? I don't remember ever being interrupted for anything. I don't even think we had all of the fine arts (art, music, computer, etc) that they have now. Did we suffer? Are we lacking?
Just thinking aloud. If anybody has a suggestion about a possible solution to my scheduling crisis...please let me know.