Hello Everyone, I am a first year teacher at a school that is, luckily, small enough for us to socially distance out kids while in the building, so so far I have been teaching in person for two months, and I feel like I am failing my students in 8th grade. The school uses block scheduling for all classes expect middle school math and English. To get a clearer picture, my 8th grade math class is about an hour and fifteen minutes everyday. I am have an awful time trying to come up with effective lesson plans as a result. All of my other classes have block scheduling so I have a group of students every other day, and when I was student teaching, the school had period scheduling so while the classes were everyday, the time was significantly shorter. I feel like I have far too much time on my hands. Trying to plan to keep the kids engaged for that amount of time every day is exhausting, as I feel that I haven't found the formula that works like I have for the rest of my classes. It does, also, not help that I cannot stand the book my school provides. The lesson in the book are clearly made for period scheduling, so it seems to be somewhat expected that I do more than one lesson a class, which I have not been doing as there is a limit to how much the kids can learn. Then lunch is right in the middle of the class, which creates odd pacing issues. I really want to come up with better ideas on to how to make the most of this situation so that I can have a productive year, and be the teacher these kids need, but I am just at a loss on what to do.