Help! I am feeling totally overwhelmed! The other teacher at my grae level is a absolutely wonderful person AND a great teacher, but I find it difficult to work/plan with her because she is constantly bombarding me with all of her ideas - ALL AT ONCE! Every morning, there is some new idea, revelation, material, Power Point or something that she has worked on the night before. I know that this is a vital part of what we do as educators, but she takes things to an extreme(for me ! Not only that, but things that should be simple or cut and dried become long, drawn out and/or over the top - bringing in 30 pumpkins for a pumpkin unit, for example; or having a weekly homework sheet that is a full page on the front and back because it is so wordy and involved and just HAS to be totally alligned with whatever it is that is going on in her classroom at the time. I must mention that she is always willing to share all of her "ideas" and materials with me. I am not a lazy or uninventive teacher by any means, I just feel like sometimes "it just doesn't take all of that" to accomplish what we need to accomplish. As well, I do not have the money and/or resources that she has, given the fact that I have a family and bills that have to be taken care of. She can blow 125.00 in one night ordering books and other materials and can spend her whole evening (and often does) preparing materials for school, while I am getting homework done, attending mid-week services at church, etc. Another issue is that she feels like she has to do and teach everything during the first quarter of school. It is the 5th week and she is talking about what sight words she's teaching, how her children are already "flying" with their letter and number writing, as well as their writing, yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah. Everytime I talk with her, I feel like I am behind, even though in my heart, I know that I am doing what's best for my kids - working at a steady pace and establishing routines and expectations. I also get frustrated with the fact that she is seen as THE teacher to have on our level, much in part because of all of the "fluff" that accompanies her teaching (she IS a GREAT teacher). It would maybe appear that more is going on in her classroom than in mine because I do not choose to do a lot of the big projects that she does. I really like her and I would love to work closely with her, but I tend to avoid her because I cannot process all of the information (nor do I want to) that she is constantly firing off at me about her thoughts, plans and ideas. HELP!!!