I seriously am becoming sick to my stomach as I try and plan for the week. Our school was finally able to qualify for Title 1 and while I am excited at the extra help our students will get, my heart aches for what needs to occur in my classroom. I wish I would have had better thoughts at our planning meeting and while our principal says it is not set in stone yet (I talked with her on Friday), I need to figure out what to do. I normally start my morning with reading workshop and then follow with writing workshop. I am blessed to have preps mostly in the afternoon and can devote a huge chunk the way a workshop should go. However, since I am having two groups being pulled at two different times, there are some mornings where I will need to rearrange and put off our workshops because of all things, reading and writing are two subjects these students shouldn't be pulled from. Title 1 should be in addition to, not in replace of something in my classroom. Right now as it stands, I am thinking they will miss some of the math lesson (which I'll teach individually later to them) and possibly our Accelerated Math program and sometimes our working with words.
I am hoping that we can get together as a primary group and come up with a better solution to some of the problems we see with the current schedule and make changes to support teachers, students, and the wonderful people that will be working with our students. More info will come to let you know how it goes...I'm praying that something can be done so my two groups can be turned into one group that gets serviced by two teachers at once...we'll see. One day at a time, right?