Our school uses the Houghton Mifflin reading series as our ELA curriculum. Personally I feel like the curriculum is horrendous........ yet when I talk to my ELA coach and try to get guidance on how to improve my students in their reading and writing, she keeps referring me to the nonsense of HM. Not only that... there is not enough time in the day to implement all the countless things HM wants me to do. I only get 90 minutes (at best) for ELA. When I look at their practice book for activities I simply cringe and try to make up my own activities because I feel their worksheets are a waste of time... I want to be able to maximize more of the learning time with more potent valuable lessons. Often their practice books collect dust in their desk. Am I alone in thinking this? Is there something I am missing? I am struggling to teach ELA with the materials that I have, which is 100% houghton mifflin. Guidance?? Input??