I've enjoyed your class website for years and I used to read your previous Scholastic blog. I'm glad you're back with Scholastic again. I am very inspired by what you do with your kids - its phenomenal! I have used many of your templates in my Reading Workshop (book basket labels, genres, themes in literature, etc.) and I so appreciate your sharing them with us.
My question is this: how do you do all of the things you do? They are so time and labor-intensive. This is my 14th year teaching, and I am still finding myself scrambling to catch up from week to week and regretful about all the things I'm not doing in my classroom. I know you have developed your systems and templates over the years, so it's not like you're reinventing the wheel each year, but preparing for and implementing everything still takes time.
How do you prepare all of the materials you need? How to you manage to teach everything you teach in a day/week? There are so many things you do that I would like to use, but I am overwhelmed when I think of how much time it would take me to do it. I know you don't do teacher work 24/7, so what is your secret???
Thank you for everything you've done to elevate teaching to such a professional level. Your classroom is crisp, lively, bright, and full of meaningful learning activities for the children. Your students are very lucky!
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