So I just accepted a teaching job in a higher income community. I was looking over other teachers' daily schedules and I noticed something strange. They have 25-35 minute writing blocks, 50 minute reading blocks, and 60 minute math blocks, with an hour of Enrichment/ELL/Interventions. I'm thinking: Guided Reading for ELL/Intervention time, with independent enrichment projects in areas of interest. Common Core Close Reading: Whole group during the 50 minute block? I have no idea about writing. I also wanted to have the kids do Star of the Week and Speeches. I don't know if this is even possible. Any ideas?