Has it ever happened to you that the syllabus is so great (or the set coursebook has so much useful stuff) that you just don’t want to move on from Unit 1? And I’m not being ironic, it’s certainly something I can related to. Or, sometimes the syllabus is just too optimistic and you just can’t possibly fit everything in?
Then I recommend this great post by Brian Rock (I’ve found it on Teacher Habits) about managing the course time. Here’s his advice: budget it at the start of the year, make sure that the most important things fit – be ruthless and decide what’s the most important. Really inspiring! After all, if we can manage our personal time and finances and deal with all constraints, why the syllabus should be any different?