some background. we are switching to common core standards AND a new curriculum this year. despite asking for our schedules at the end of the school year, we have just received them (about a week ahead of students reporting). So we are scrambling/ To further add to the confusion, we will not have any new textbooks . I have taught 3 different math topics - 2 of which had great textbooks aligned to the standards, rich examples and great practice problems, test generating software and question banks, etc. One book was garbage and thus I didn't use it - developed my own lessons, tests, assignments, etc. Quite frankly, I felt better about the classes in which I was supported with the books/resources. I could use other things as necessary but I just felt like I had more resources and tools at my fingertips and spent less time "hunting" for material, assignments, etc. So, for you math teachers specifically, what are your thoughts about having textbooks? Do you use them much or do you prefer designing your own lessons? Fortunately I have one subject that will not be changed by any of the above but for the other two I will be not only planning my lessons but doing all the leg work that goes into not having any materials. I am a bit apprehensive that I can pull this off (and meet my own expectations for myself). btw, I am not looking down at my peers in other disciplines but I am pretty sure that the English teachers in my school don't use textbooks in the first place. so operating without them would be the norm.