Hi everyone, I just need to vent for a minute! I am feeling so frustrated with my math block, the first block of the day, and it ruins my morning! My district uses Everyday Math, which I loathe. My brain simply does not work in a "spiral" as Everyday Math does! I want to stick with one thing and dig deep before moving on, rather than skimming a topic every few weeks. Luckily, teachers in my district have a lot of autonomy regarding how we want to teach. So I don't have to follow Everyday Math precisely. But, I really don't want to spend all my free time planning new math units! For my math block, I start with a mini-lesson and then the kids work at independent centers, while I pull small groups. This set-up is working pretty well, but I just feel all over the place with my mini-lessons. I can't believe our district (a top district in the nation) does not have a pacing guide out for math instruction. I keep hearing that it is coming out next year, but what about this year!? Is anyone else feeling frustrated with the lack of guidance and heavy load that teachers have? Maybe it was just a bad day...but, ahhh!