I just started observing a 6th grade math class at a nearby elementary school. The curriculum is ALL book work. The teacher I am observing showed me everything they have to go by and she said that they really can't steer too far away from their book (which is a work book). Everyday, they come in and review the previous days' problems. Then the teacher uses the smartboard to go over problems that are in the next section of the book. The kids have to work along with the teacher and fill in their book. One day, they did a more hands-on type activity to work their problems, but it was a book activity and they were bored with it. The kids practice a flipped classroom. They watch videos of new concepts at home (maybe 1 a week)- which is why the class is nothing but book work. The teacher said the kids get so tired of it - I believe it. They were SO bored. She said that she will occasionally do an assignment that she has come up with, but ONLY when they finish the book work - which is not very often. Is this becoming the norm in classrooms these days? Or is this a specific issue related to the district/school/teacher?