My district has text books for every subject. I really hate using exclusively texts, so I do what I can to plan many other things and mainly use the text as a supplements. The teachers in my school are so used to using these books, that they don't do much of anything else. I don't mind this, BUT, they basically go through these books front to back and that's it. Looking through my science book, for example, not a whole lot of it lines up with the state's curriculum. Of course, it was probably the closest thing for them to buy for us to use, but if I went cover to cover on these books, I would not be covering the curriculum that the state says I am supposed to. For years, the third grade teacher has been teaching the planets because there is a chapter in the book. Here, I was all excited to teach the planets when I took on third grade, but looking at the standards, there is nothing about planets. There is something on the phases of the moon, but not the planets. My point is, I now realize why the teachers in this school ask me why my planning takes so long and its because I am following what I am supposed to be and not simply relying on a text. How can I bring something like this to the attention of the staff without causing trouble? We are a small school with one class per grade level, and if we all don't follow what we are supposed to, it makes it difficult for the next teacher to build upon what should have already been taught.