Obviously, I'm doing something wrong but I can't figure out what it is or how to do it differently. I teach sp. ed. social studies (7th and 8th grade). I cannot figure out how to keep them alert and knowledgable enough about the material to pass tests and quizzes without typing out notes for them on each Chapter section. I leave parts of it blank and we fill them in together in class. I quiz them (open notes) on each section of the chapter. If I don't quiz them, I can't gauge if they understand each section's material. So, every 5-7 pgs. of the textbook, I'm writing up notes, creating quizzes and aligning everything to the Chapter tests. I also am obligated to provide them with study guides for each chapter test. On top of all this, I'm also trying not to be just a textbook teacher and attempting to come up with lessons that engage and motivate them (something almost all my students struggle with) so I'm constantly typing up new project guidelines and researching activities that align with my objectives. Note that I teach two grade levels so I'm doing this for two separate curriculums. In addition, there are of course, meetings, progress reports and all the other things that go along with sp. ed. I absolutely cannot imagine letting them work independently while I grade papers or attempt to do any of my own work in the classroom (as I see reg. ed. teachers sometimes do). My students need constant supervision or many of them will do nothing. What am I doing wrong here? I am the last one to leave the school almost every day because of all this work. I also wake up at 5 AM every morning to work for 2 hours before I have to go to school. I love the job (for the most part but I never imagined it would be this much work).