At the start of this school year, we were told three things. First, in meetings we were told to teach the Open Court Reading program exactly as it is given in the teachers' guide. Not to deviate or change or add or subtract anything. Second, we were given an instructional minutes schedule that says we teach Open Court for exactly 2 hours and 35 minutes each day plus 20 minutes for workshop and 35 minutes for ELD instruction (both of which are to be done as prescribed in the Open Court Curriculum). Third, we were given a pacing guide that tells us exactly what lesson to be on on what day for the entire school year. No allowances were made for minimum days (at least one every other week), field trips, assemblies, school-wide activities etc, weekly library time, etc. Nor were any of these things alloted for in the instructional minutes. All issues of academic freedom, teacher "creativity," and student enrichment aside, I'm starting to wonder if it's even possible for a teacher to follow these mandates no matter how badly they wanted to. I know I can't. If I follow the pacing guide and teach Open Court exactly according to the manual, on some days the kids would be there until 4:00. Worse, not every Open Court Lesson is the same length. Some have 5 decodable books, some have none. It varies from day to day and what is being taught. If I choose to go by the instructional minutes I would either have to cut corners with Open Court or let some lessons stretch out over two day and blow the pacing guide. Finally, if I want to teach open court exactly by the book and abide by the instructional minutes I need to drastically alter Open Court to make it fit. What concerns me (as a union rep) is that our district has created a situation where basically any teacher could be written up or insubordination on any given day because they cannot follow this impossible set of mandates. Any thoughts? Should I take this higher up?