It's coming down to crunch time for many educators as there is barely a month left before all reporting has to be done, tabulated and entered into their various report card programs. So, if your child is coming home with an inordinate number of assignments and tests in the coming weeks, well, now you know.
While 10 months may seem like a long time and 5 days a week for teaching is a long time, the fact is that once days off, PD days, holidays and other events are factored in, there really is a loss of teaching days.
During my teaching practice, I've come to the conclusion that you should move quickly through the material and review when necessary, but not to the point that you get bogged down in the minutiae of the lesson. More is lost than won when the class dwells on the 'whys'. Just get to the 'hows' and ensure that the professional educator in the next year will continue with a program that renews the lessons in a grade appropriate and competent manner.
And for those educators that do get bogged down, keep faith that it does happen and it isn't necessarily your fault. Or the students. Or the administration. It just happens sometimes. Learn to see the indicators next time and make course adjustments as to not fall into the trap again. And, slip some art into your subjects. It will force both you and your class to create works that encompass Language Arts, Visual Arts, the Maths and whatever subject you are covering.