Hi! I am trying to get organized for my first year. I would like to have a year plan/guide that includes topics for each subject, as well as standards that I plan on covering. Well it sounds easy to me...but when I get right down to it, it's not easy!!! Do you have any tips for how to do this? I guess I'm stuck because we are using Envision Math and I have the first two topics that include 5 lessons each. Well. What do I plan for those lessons? Do I plan a day for each lesson, and then a day for assessment? Or do I plan for 7 days to include reteaching or reviews as well as an assessment? The next topic has 8 different lessons. I have figured out how many actual teaching days I have in each month (took out holidays and no school days) so I kind of know about how long I have to teach. The other thing that I am stuck on is standards vs. benchmarks vs. targets vs. "I can" statements (in students language). What do I need to focus most towards? The I can statements lay everything out very easily so that I would know exactly what to do with students. Then there are more teacher friendly targets that encompass a few different I can statements. Then on the district website, it lists the actual standard and then benchmarks and then learning goals (I think that's the title). So I'm really not sure what to pay attention to and it just makes it very confusing. >=/ I would hope that with the I can statements and the learning targets that are in my curriculum binder would have cross-referenced the state standards. Also one more thing... does anyone have a great resource for both reading and writing mini lessons for workshop?? I am kind of stuck in that area and our district utilizes the workshop methods --no basals or anything like that. (Except for word study references...) AHHH I feel like I'm in over my head!