I remember when I was student teaching, my mentor showed me the school resource room. Stacks of curricular materials were lined along the wall, offering boxed assessments, differentiation, and sequenced objectives. My nose definitely went way up. I couldn't imagine using some canned material. I was going to make all my own stuff as an amazing creative teacher! Well, I'm 6 years in, guys, and totally over it. I've been doing my own thing in ELA, compiling from the Internet and whatever else I can find from other teachers. It takes SO MUCH TIME. Today, someone screwed up in my district and somehow made me an Administrator on something called "Pearson Realize." All I know is I'm able to get the full resources for both Reading Street and the middle school curriculum...and I'm definitely stealing a bunch of stuff before they catch on. I still don't believe in scripted programs...but man, it's nice not to have to make up every single thing. Young FourSquare was stupid! Do you like the autonomy of doing everything yourself, or do you follow a curriculum for ease of planning?