One thing I struggle with is the constant battle of trying to do things the "state's" way and doing them the way that I know children learn best. In a perfect world, I know that these two ways can be combined to make an ideal learning environment, but unfortunately I live in the world that has 180 teaching days that are 6 hours long. Time is always a big factor, so I always feel pressure to move forward. It is my hope that with the adaption of the core standards, things will be better as far as lesson planning and student mastery of each concept. Until then, I push on trying to find and use lessons that fun, meaningful and valuable.
Does anyone else feel this same push and pull?