79 Days and starting to panic..

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  1. teacherhoosier

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm a first year K teacher, and I'm starting to slightly panic..we have 79 days of school left, and I'm worried about getting to everything! I know that realistically that I won't be able to get to everything I want/need to...but the academic progress of my kids worries me..they came in low, and have made good progress, but I'm worried that it's not going to be enough..and I know that kids learn in their own time, but I don't have a base (ex. last year or other K classes taught) to go from..I have to be out tomorrow too....and Thursday a half day for training on running records (which should have been done in December, but is now just getting scheduled for me..grr..) and another grade level meeting sometime in Feb..it's crazy..I feel like I'm constantly out..and I've only been out a day and a half of my personal time...
     
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  3. mopar

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    That's just a part of teaching. I miss a handful of days due to professional development, meetings, etc.

    If your students are learning and making growth, then you are doing good. Just keep moving them forward and through the goals of the year as best as you can.
     
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    It is usually around this time of the year that I begin to prioritize my goals and focus on those skills needed to meet those goals. My goals are usually our standardized testing skills and/or report card skills. I also have a dialog with our first grade teachers that helps me understand what their expectations are. I use my scores for the group as a whole to give emphasis to those skills that are lacking. It will all work out--always does.
     
  5. Silmarienne

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    Relax-- you will never "get to everything". ;) If the kids have made progress, you are doing your job.

    I too spend the second half of the year trying to focus in on special needs, since by now I know what they are pretty well; and on learning awesome stuff about the world around them. I want them to love school and learning, not feel like they didn't get their work done.
     
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    If they came in low and you see progress, you are doing well!
     
  7. bondo

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    It's all about improvement. If they are being pushed and growing its all you or anyone else can ask for. Talking to first grade teachers will definitely help you hone-in on what you need to focus on most.
     
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    Growth, growth, GROWTH! You are looking for growth and I'm SURE you're seeing it. Remember, benchmarks and standards are nice, but if you've seen growth and improvement, that is what you should celebrate! :)
     

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