If I could follow Regie around for a day (sigh) I don't think I would see overlong assignments. I imagine her keeping things pretty simple but very relevant. I doubt she'd ask her kids to engage in lengthy activities that were more cute than highly educational. I think she'd incorporate a lot of fun but very purposeful work into her instruction. I can't imagine hearing her waste time with wordy and complex directions. I believe she'd balance demonstrations and modeling as well as sharing the process together with her students before sending them off to try on their own. Basically, I see Regie protecting her limited time by avoiding things that would not make her students more proficient, confident, and independent learners. I need to ask myself if what I'm doing in my classroom each day achieves the same purpose. Am I protecting the limited time I have for the benefit of my leaners? In some ways I am and in others, not so much. I've got some work to do.