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    I am so tired I can hardly...
    By iluv2nd

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    keep my eyes open but your words could be mine. I am "required" to follow a pacing chart with the basal and be on story X on a specific date. My word wall words are dictated (how does that make sense... they should be the words MY kids need to know), I am supposed to deliver my instruction via reader's workshop format but using the basal and its components... no continuity of instruction (the basal jumps around too much), stories inappropriate for most of the kids (too hard or too easy for independent reading but we are again "required" to have the kids "read" grade level text on their own so they are prepared for standardized testing), lessons anything but mini... I could go on and on.

    In addition, I get cryptic messages from our reading TILs that I can fudge with the expectations but have to keep things the same within the grade level which is impossible because the other teacher hasn't been given this ambiguous OK to do what I think is best. Yikes! I, too, close the door, go through the motions on some things and try my best to provide the right program so my kiddos learn.

    By the way, thanks for the tips about text formatting. Now I can use colors, too! :s)

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