I don't often do this, but I think it is important to slow down a little for the sake of my students' sanity. Here are some thoughts on why.
To start class today, I will make the announcement that I have decided to postpone the speech delivery days until after Thanksgiving break. I anticipate that this will be a very welcome announcement.
I will follow that announcement up with a run-down of due dates and ask the students how they might prioritize their work time in the next few days. I will then write my list on the board for their perusal.
This is one of those "teach them how to be good humans" days in my class, which doesn't necessarily align to a standard, but teaches them skills that will help them to be successful with the standards. We have been moving at an almost frenetic pace in both my and my teaching partner's content. Teaching the teenagers how to cope with that pace/the pace of life after high school seems pretty essential to me.
As mentioned in the past few days, we skipped our reading time to support the students with more research time. They have been asking us for an extended reading time, so today we will give it to them. After we go over due dates and priorities, we will give them the rest of this short period to read silently in their choice novels. At first, when I looked at my to-do list for the rest of the semester, I felt guilty for building in this extended time. However, the fact still remains that students need to be given time to read so that they are capable of independently reading and comprehending texts at or above their grade-level (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10).
I will briefly conference with students who have missed one of the past few days to arrange time to work with them on their speech research then I will also enjoy the extended reading time by reading with them.