Timing and Planning For Time

January 29th, 2012 § 0 comments

One of the most frustrating things for me this year is having to deal with a 20 minute loss of time in my Math class. I’ve had to go from 90 minutes to 70. The difficult part is I know for some people 70 minutes would be a luxury as there are teachers who only teach 45 minutes or so. So I hate to complain but I’ve been battling all year to readjust my timing on everything to make everything fit. Bellwork, homework check/review, lesson, practice, exit slip – they don’t all fit in everyday and it is frustrating.

I’ve even caught myself cutting off some students questions towards the end of class cause I have to finish the lesson so students know how to do their homework. Teaching a lesson up until the bell and not giving students time to start the work in class is really frustrating for me. Plenty of students do not have parents at home to help them or if they do I often get the “I’m not good enough at math to help them” line.

The saddest part so far is that I simply don’t have answers. I try to cut things, move fast here and slow down there, and I still feel like I am fumbling through. Flexibility is an important characteristic of a teacher, but it is definitely had to change an internal clock that has chimed regularly for the past 4 years.

My hope is by the end of this year I will have tried enough variations to figure out a system that will work for next year… here’s hoping.

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