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  1. CFClassroom

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    the greatest obstacle you currently face as a classroom teacher?

    I would say having too much to cover and not enough time.
     
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    I have taught a several grade levels for many years so I am pretty good at getting in what I need to teach. This year, however, I am finding apathetic parents to be my biggest problem. I had a child today who obviously wasn't feeling well. Since she wasn't running a fever, the nurse couldn't require the parent to pick her up. The parent said that the child was feeling ok when they went to school, so she wasn't going to pick her up. Ultimately, we let the child sleep all day. (A normally boisterous 5th grader). Yeah, mom, your child was feeling fine!
     
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    Differentiation-giving everyone what they need at their level. I guess that goes along with not enough hours in the day! :)
     
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    I teach in an urban school and do not know where to begin to answer this question. Perhaps motivation, because many of my third graders would rather fight with each other than think about anything related to school.
     
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    I think all the different expectations/demands (one parent wants more work, another less, someone needs you to check their assignment notebook daily, someone else wants daily emails, another wants everything worked out at school) and then not having the administrative support.
     
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    I don't think I'm allowed to post the child's name.
     
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    Students who do not read or are 2 plus years behind grade level and their parents don't care. They just want their children to get the free meals. If the parents would stress the importnace of the education that comes with the free meals......
     
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    :lol::lol:
     
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    Testing, testing, testing!!! :mad:

    I am constantly having to assess my students. I have only been teaching for five years, but I feel like I'm having to administer more and more tests each year!

    Other than that, though, I love my job. :thumb:
     
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    Being expected to have my students pass a fourth grade assessment when many of them come to me on a level well below fourth grade. In another post recently, someone said they were very stressed about the tests, and many replied that if they do their job, they'll be fine. Unfortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth in my case.
     
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    Differentiating instruction to get through all of the tested material before state testing, while back tracking for what some did not learn, while staying on the district mandated pacing guide.

    Oh and bathroom breaks. I have a hard time waiting til recess.
     
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    Time, testing, and motivating students who just don't care...
     
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    Not enough time and too much to do, combined with no prep time at school.

    Also, students who refuse to put in the effort but would be very successful if they did.
     
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    Too many students. I only have 22 but to really differentiate, I would be a superhero to do that well for 10 kids.
     
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    My first three years I only had 22 kids and I thought it was tough. I have 30 this year. WOW! What a difference those 8 kids are! Feel lucky you only have 22!
     
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    Are you really expected to give each and every child a different version of your lesson?

    What I'm not understanding about differentiation is how grading is done. For example, if I have a student who only does 5 spelling words and does them well, does that student receive an A while another student who is judged to be more capable gets 20 words and doesn't do as well get a C? Who is meeting the grade level standards? Is it noted on their report cards that the grades are based on modified assignments? If students are on modified assignments, at what point are they expected to perform in the real world where there is one standard and they either meet it or not?
     
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    support. I need more support in my classroom from parents and adminstration
     
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    :lol:

    I think the biggest challenge I face is being forced to follow a curriculum/system that I don't think a) is adequately preparing students for the "real world" and b) even remotely represents authentic learning.
     

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