I work in a small school with very little training. I've had some training, but it comes from "trainers". I'd like to know from you teachers in the field who have adapted their curriculum to the standards; how did you do this? Where to start? Also, we are using a twelve year old curriculum, Houghton Mifflin. The stories are lame and very little expository to work with. How can I get around that and supplement in my classroom? I'm in a fifth grade, so the stakes are high. I need the kids to know science and reading comprehension, how can I merge the useless with the tested subjects with the common core? Or am I asking too much?