At the end of last school year, I wrote down what the last concept I taught and assessed was for each class period. Here are the results:

1 Hr Geometry Concept 28

3 Hr Geometry Concept 28

4 Hr Algebra I Concept 25

5 Hr Trig Concept 28

6 Hr Algebra II Concept 21

7 Hr Algebra I Concept 21

8 Hr Algebra II Concept 20

How is it that in an entire year I only teach 20-28 concepts? That's 5-7 concepts per quarter which translates to about one concept per week or week and a half. That's terrible. And pretty consistent across all content areas.

Maybe it's the kids? Let's look at the current data for the first quarter.

1 Hr Geometry Concept 7

2 Hr Trig Concept 9

3 Hr Algebra I Concept 6

4 Hr Geometry Concept 7

5 Hr Algebra II Concept 6

6 Hr Algebra II Concept 6

8 Hr Algebra III Concept 6

Multiply those by four quarters and that puts me in the range of 24-36.

So it's not the kids.

Let's look at my teaching. Ideally, I introduce a topic through INB pages/lecture and then a handout/activity that pertains to the notes. Ideally, that means 2-3 days per concept. Which means I should be a lot closer to 50-60 concepts per school year.

I have only done INBs since last year. Let's look at some data from pre-INB

13-14

Algebra II Concept 39

Geometry Concept 40

12-13

Algebra I Concept 44

Geometry Concept 45

Algebra II Concept 46

I am getting worse over time.

Let's look at some other curriculums. I was recently introduced to the site http://emathinstruction.com that is aligned to Common Core and PARCC standards. Algebra I has 100 lessons. 100! That doesn't even allow for 2 days per concept. Algebra II is 107.

Engage NY Algebra II has 120 lessons and Algebra I has 105.

I am not even teaching 1/4 of what students need to know. But how are students supposed to master concepts in one day?

I have really been downing myself about this for pretty much my whole teaching career. This is the first year I have been able to back it with data but...I am not preparing my students for their futures.

Here are some possible causes:

- I'm assessing too much. I quiz over every concept and a unit test.
- Interactive Notebooks are slowing me down.
- I'm taking up too much class time with bell ringers.

Now what are the possible solutions?