This is my first year teaching science, and I already know that I will make some changes to my pacing plan for next year. However, with this year already in progress, I am forced to make a choice between just covering every standard or focusing on the most important standards in depth. I feel as if I just rush through and cover every standard, the students will not remember any of it by the time they are tested at the end of next year (only 8th graders have tests in science which covers 6th, 7th, and 8th grade standards). If I briefly cover every standard, the quality of education will go down and I'm afraid most of them won't "get it". I admit I have spent a little more than the necessary time covering topics thus far, and I will revise my pacing plan for next year. However, what do I do in the mean time? Just cover every standard or focus on covering the important ones in depth? Thanks!