Oh my; I'm in a pickle now. I literally have NO TIME in this ridiculous schedule this year. It's a good and not so good thing. It is forcing me to be more creative in my teaching and take some risks. The deal is we have reading groups (switch classes) for 50 minutes but we don't take grades so therefore, we still must have reading also in our homerooms. Which is fine, but with this schedule, that leaves only 45 minutes to do reading, language, and writing. Clearly, there's no way. That's like 15 minutes for each subject- that's impossible. I am thinking about doing a story for two weeks. First week, 80% reading, 20% writing, 2nd week 80% writing, 20% reading. But then, I want to get away from the basal and have them do graphic organizers and test independently on their own books at their level. But, is that 3rd grade curriculum if some are reading on a 1st grade level?? And, how does one do spelling if they are all reading different books?? I thought teaching was supposed to get easier but I'm getting more confused each year, esp. with reading. I don't know what to do?? Basal, own independent books, class lit. sets, one group per day, all groups every day, what??? And, how would you assign comprehension tests if they are all reading their own books? I don't use AR to grade or else I know some would have a 0!! I have one student reading on a 7th grade level, and one barely on 1st, but yet I'm having them read the same story in the same basal? This makes no sense. Who has a good, sound method to teaching reading that they can share with me?? I just hope I don't sound totally incompetant.