One thing I like about my school is they're very good about planning time. Another thing I like about my school is they generally seem to care about the staff. This has led to a recent conundrum for me... It's the beginning of the year. I need to assess students. Traditionally I have done this during Spanish time. I can easily pull the kids out one at a time, even in the same room, while the teacher teaches. Anywho... a week ago, the Spanish teacher's mother died. And... her mother lives in a different country. So Spanish Teacher is out for three weeks. By golly, myself and everyone else wants her to take this time to mourn and get everything put in order. We get it. However, she's such a niche teacher that at the beginning of the year there was no time for emergency lesson plans for three weeks and the school has been unable to find a long-term Spanish speaking teacher sub. Again, we get it. I am absolutely fine with doing other stuff during what truly is my planning time (which administration has promised to find a way to make up to us). I can give up planning time for a few weeks. However, at the beginning of the year, when I really really really need to assess. And teach behaviors and expectations and routines. And maybe get in some curriculum. I'm at a loss when to make the time to assess! I know plenty of other teachers do it, but I'm still not sure how. I have been spoiled. We're working on read-to-self, but we're not at yet a long enough period of time for me to do much--particularly when I'm still watching them like a hawk. Ideas?