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Does anyone have any suggestions to get around time restraints due to reading in class and the period only lasting 49 minutes?

Feb 9, 2016 5:44pm

I have a 10th grade class and I'm a student teacher, but I find myself at a loss. My class is a low level and the book has to be read in class to accommodate; the classes are also only 49 minutes long. I find myself having troubles trying to fit in the reading, actual lesson, guided practice, independent practice, exit ticket and do now all in to the 49 minute schedule, any suggestions?

  • English Language Arts
  • 10
  • Assessment / Planning


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    • Feb 14, 2016 2:42pm

      What reading, and what actual lesson? Is the lesson something different than the other items you mentioned, such as guided practice? If you find yourself running out of time and trying to do too much, stop. The best way to fit everything in is to make the class more efficient, More isn't better; better is better. Try this:

      1) A learning target to achieve 1-3 min
      2) Expected end product model for the class 4-8 min
      2) An activity that reinforces the learning target 15-20
      3) An exit ticket of 1-3 questions of any construction 5-10 min
      4) A review and reflection on how they felt about the lesson 3-5 min

      • Feb 15, 2016 4:40pm

        Hi Maria and Eric,

        Thanks for your advice! I do have to do the reading in class, it's not something that can be taken out. I will attempt to work around the models you both suggested to see what works the best. The need to read in class, do now, and exit ticket are required of me for every lesson that I teach so there is no way around it, but I've been trying to keep them brief. Thank your for your advice though! I find it very helpful!