To all you elementary teachers or elementary literacy coaches, any words of wisdom as to how you get all the components of a Balanced Literacy Framework into each day? Currently, we have 120 minutes to fit in the Word Study, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, and Literacy Stations. It is hard to find time to squeeze in grammar and handwriting.
Every year, we seem to have more content to teach, yet the same amount of class time to deliver instruction. That, compounded with the fact that our class sizes keep increasing (therefore more interruptions- shoes that need to be tied, lost pencils, recess disputes) complicates the balancing act.
Any suggestions, words of wisdom, ideas for what has worked for you, or things to steer clear of, would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!