Thank you for your really honest post. You sound like a very grounded person, and I am confident that although you have taken on too much this year it will all work out. In your case, you are really helping others with utilizing and adopting a reader's and writer's workshop approach.
And your teacher friend would have probably said that to me as well (if they knew me). We shouldn't be our worst enemies. :( Especially when we have a student teacher in the room. They need to know that the job is hard, demanding, but also just so-so at times. Really. I get a lot visitors, but I have learned over time to not change my plans in anyway. Why give an illusion?
All this said, I am confident you are doing an excellent job. Also, I need to make my next post on where I "get" my reading mini-lessons because I think many of us struggle with that (when so many just rely on UofS for writing). My resources are wide and far for reading lessons, but I'm starting to narrow them down. For example, my literacy coach is ordering the Units of Study for Reading by Lucy Calkins right now. That's a year of quality planning done for you right there..and I am also using the 40 mini-lessons presented by Gallegher's book. Why re-invent the wheel?
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