Does anyone have, or had in the past, a principal who is insistent that you stick to the curriculum with no exceptions? No augmenting, no games outside of those in the adopted materials, no additional texts for reading or homework, nothing. He's even told us he wants to be told if we find out any of our colleagues are using resources from TPT or older curriculum or anything outside the district's current stuff, that we are to tell him about it. Great team-building, no? This is a new principal who is quite challenging, to say the least. We have a large population of English learners and the current curriculum has limitations, just as they all have. At this point I feel so cut off at the knees in terms of creativity that I get physically choked up thinking about it. I spent years creating games for learning centers that were very successful. On the other hand, I've saved money. I now refuse to spend my own money on anything for the classroom, since it's probably out of bounds. I can't tell you how many people I work with who've expressed that they used to love their jobs and this year they're counting days until the next vacation break.