Saturday, August 25, 2012

ESE set backs

First off I am a planner by nature. I like to typically know the general direction of where I am going and when I can expect to arrive. That being said I plan in advance for what is happening in the classroom. I unfortunetly forget over the summer at the rate ESE students work therefore causing me to put on my planning breaks a little. Now don't get me wrong I love my students and will do anything to help them, but sometimes I wish we completed tasks at a faster rate.

 For example numbering pages in their interactive notebook. In my head this should take five minutes and some how by minute ten we are finally done. What takes a typical student to accomplish takes my students double the time! My lesson plans will look ridiculous next week because what I thought would get done this week has now been pushed back a week.

 Case in point, I  had a punctuation lesson ready to go...PowerPoint, lesson extension activity, notes, interactive supplies ready to go and all of this had to sadly be put away as we developed goals for Q1 and organized our vocabulary schedule in our planner. I guess the good news is that I am prepared for a good two weeks from all my excessive planning! 


  1. i want a copy of that punctuation sheet!

  2. I am feeling you on how everything is taking so much time! yesterday we made "appointment clocks" for writing and let me tell you - it took forever!!! Teaching English and history to kids in a two hour block is overwhelming me, I'm not sure how I'm going to get it all in, I used to spend almost two hours a day just on Language Arts in elementary school!!! happy weekend, let's try to get some rest!

  3. I teach a similar kind of class...resource English...and always find myself with the same problem! It always feels like the tiniest of projects take forever. I do love your interactive notebook! I don't know much about it, but the idea sounds wonderful. Would you happen to have info. on it?


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