Being a new teacher is definitely overwhelming. It always seemed to me that just when I got comfortable doing one thing, I was expected to do things differently. When I look back at my third year of teaching, it looks so different than what I am doing now.
First of all, your concerns are completely normal. In fact, there are probably many teachers who have been teaching much longer than you who feel the same way.
My suggestion to you is to take baby steps. Instead of thinking about how you can change your entire reading program, think about what small changes you can take to make your current reading program more like what you envision it to be five years from now. If it is a reading workshop approach that you are looking to take, think small. Maybe this year you can just work on organizing your library (an essential component to reading workshop). Or perhaps you can just make it a goal to give your students more time to read self-selected books by provising them with time for purposeful individualized daily reading as often as possible.
As soon as you get these things going, you can focus more on improving the content you are teaching. Perhaps you can take the summer to look at everything you teach throughout the year and see how you might be able to create smaller units of study that can be presented to students as collections of related mini-lessons.
Whatever way you look at it, it still probably seems like an overwhelming task. Just remember that you do not need to change everything at once. It is likely that you are already doing some great things in your classroom. Keep up the good work, and try to gradually take steps toward improving your overall program.
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