So, when I first came to my school, there was another teacher who taught my subject and grade level, but he also taught math. During my pre-teaching experience, (my internship), the cooperating teacher simply gave me the curriculum he was using, (which made sense since I was a long-term sub that came half-way through the year). When I started my first year, I discussed with my cooperating teacher whether or not things ran the same way, and he strongly suggested that I develop my own curriculum, and we each do things our own way. I was completely fine with this and grateful for the opportunity for creativity in how I teach my lessons. However, I've since come to understand that this seems to be a rarity in the teaching profession. Multiple teachers I've met are aghast when they learn that me and the other 8th grade teacher don't use the same curriculum or even spend much time planning together. They wonder how we make sure all students get the same standards. Our 6th grade teachers teach in lockstep, where you can watch one teacher, go across the hall and see the other teacher finishing the sentence of the previous one. I like the way we do things, because I like the freedom and creativity it gives me. We also share ideas about what we do, and feel free to use ideas from each other or to not use them. I also think that the two of us are good enough teachers to ensure that our students are understanding all of the essential standards. But there's a major push in our district towards shared standard curriculum and standard shared assessments, etc. How are things like in your school? Do you do exactly the same thing as another teacher, or are you mostly on your own?