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    I feel the same way. This is my 7th year teaching. I remember in my first year asking, "Do we ever get to just teach?" I also remember hearing the laughter of the others who not only remembered feeeling that way but still felt it -- the frustration.

    In the last 2 weeks, we've had math two days in a row only once. It's hard to keep a difficult concept going when the flow is interrupted so many days in a row. We've had multiple assemblies, an all-day fall festival, a health fair, picture day, and on and on and on. I wrote lesson plans -- for what? (Actually, I shouldn't be complaining. I may have enough lesson plans already in my book to last throughout the whole first semester!!!)

    However, that's not the point. How are we supposed to meet the academic needs of our students with so many interruptions? Can we really be expected to raise student achievement with no continuity in instruction? If I am frustrated by the fragmentation, how must the children feel?

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