I never have enough time to teach everything I want to teach — at least not the way I want to teach it. I have found myself frustrated this year after writing some very good UbD units, only to find I have to cut out parts in order to finish the work in the amount of time I have available. I have also had to contend with Jewish holidays, our peculiar school schedule, and shorter class periods. When I taught public school, each class period was at least 50 minutes long. My classes work out to be 45 minutes long each day (one day is a double period of 90 minutes, but we have class only four days of week, so the average is 45 minutes). Five minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, but over the course of a week, that’s an average of nearly a half hour. I just don’t feel as though I really do justice to some of the topics I teach as a result.
How do you cope with the time crunch?