At times I think I forget how important it is to just work in the moment with my students. After all I have a goal for each student and a plan of action. Don't get me wrong, I adjust lessons ALL the time in order to best support the needs of my students. I am a tweaking queen! However, setting aside an entire lesson, to completely change it, made me feel a little guilty. Just a few short years ago I would never have felt guilty about teaching in the moment. If the students were excited about something they discovered, or something they were discussing I would often run with it. I wanted to capture their enthusiasm while it was at its peak and challenge them to do something with it. Today there is so much pressure to have our kids preform well on tests that are, at times, neither developmentally nor grade level appropriate...and there are so many MORE tests! (I am sure that I am not the only educator who finds this frustrating.) I know for myself I have lost 15 days...FIFTEEN DAYS of intervention instruction time with my ELL kids so that I could help administer tests. Sigh. Unfortunately, I can't do anything to get those lost days back. All I can say is that on THIS day I got to use my superpower and I feel like a super hero.