I am beginning to get frustrated by the unrealistic expectations that are placed upon us. I have relatively large class sizes 34, 32, and 27 which I have gotten used to but it is still extremely stressful. Surprisingly, my class of 34 is generally well behaved (I have them in the morning, but I hear that they are not good later in the day.) However, it is still a lot of kids and there are some behavior problems, so I do have to be circulating and kids do have questions. In my class of 34, I have a student who is failing and can’t do any of the math. Literally, everything I get from him is completely incorrect. (I actually have about 4 total students like this in all of my classes, but two are barely passing and two are failing.) I wanted to get him into intervention, but I was told by my coach that intervention wouldn’t help him anyways and that I should be pulling him individually. How am I supposed to pull a kid individually with 34 students in a class? I like to be able to check in with all groups and I usually have groups raise their hand to get problems checked by me and I have to redirect behavior, etc. in ALL of my classes, not just my challenging class. She also said I should ask him to come after school. We are contracted to stay after school 1 day a week — I stay 2 and the kids who need to come don’t come. We are not supposed to have kids fail but our grades should be representative of mastery. I have kids who have not mastered the concepts and should be failing. Some of them are scraping by with D-s because I grade classwork sometimes. My math coach doesn’t like this but also doesn’t want F’s. (I wasn't directly told this but this is what I heard.) What am I supposed to do? I currently have about 5 F's which my mentor tells me is too many. Our pacing guide is also ridiculous. We have no time to teach the standards and the assessments are rigorous. I am tired of feeling like I am being judged by my test scores. I didn’t even have time to teach everything on the test! The pacing guide said that I should teach a unit in 9 days when the unit will take my kids 15 days minimum (and I still think this is too quick...this is 15 days with a new lesson every single day), but more with time for the assessments and a review day. (So it would really be 18 days total). Again, my coach says that we are expected to teach to high rigor with no time or curriculum. We are also supposed to practice open response questions in addition to the curriculum. I told my math coach that 9 days seemed unrealistic for this unit since it took me 3 days to teach the vocab. (It is a unit on expressions so it consists of expressions vocab (ex. variable, constant, term, like terms, unlike terms), translating expressions, combining like terms, distributive property, order of operations and substitution. This is a lot for 6th grade and 9 days makes no sense. My coach said that the idea is to teach it all together so it can be done in 9 days.??? Does anyone else feel like too much is expected of us?