This year I wanted to try teaching "in the moment" a bit more. I'm always so rushed with lessons, because I try to stick to our tight schedule. I feel like I miss out on so many teachable moments. I have not even launched writer's workshop this week. I had a nice little lesson planned for each day, but our social studies lessons have run over. I was going to do a shared reading lesson yesterday, and we ran out of time. I don't feel like I am over-planning, either. For example, in social studies yesterday, we reviewed what it meant to be a good citizen at home and in school. Then we talked about being a good citizen in the community, and played a quick game on the smart board. Then they did a short writing activity on how they are good citizens at home, school, and the community (just 3 sentences total). It was meant to take about 30 minutes, but it took an hour! I guess I just have to prioritize? Or perhaps I am forgetting how much longer things take them to do in the beginning of the year.