I felt awful when my poor little student had that face of frustration during the reading baseline today. They don't quite understand what it means when their teacher tells them that there will be no help, not a smidge! We can't read it, spell it, or breathe it for them. They are on their own and some of them, one in particular today, just couldn't do it. I know what he was thinking, he was thinking "aren't you supposed to help, isn't that your job!" Yes my dear little guy, it is, but just this once you have to try on your own. I promise, next week, I will help you, I really will.
What do you do when you want to grab hold of your frustrated student and help them, but sometimes you are mandated to sit back and watch?