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It is difficult to be a “pull out” teacher. There are critiques at every turn. Why do I seem like I have so much non-teaching time? Why don’t I have to assess as often? My answer (if I was asked instead of talked about when not present) would be that my non-teaching time is consumed by obsessive planning time designed to make every second with children count. I assess every moment because I cannot leave it to the next class. And, finally, I work behind the scenes to help administrators and other teachers understand that there are different ways to help gifted kids that might be better served in a different teaching model.