Three years ago, I was given an **expensive** set of textbooks for my HS self-contained Math class.

Was it standards based? Yes.

Did it use real world examples? Yes.

Was there differentiation recommendations? Yes

But I *barely used it as it is*. **Let me tell you why.**

Let's use a common computer gesture to get the reasons why.

**Zoom In**my class details to see the mismatch:My class is 80 minutes. The book's activities can be done in 15 minutes or less. I need more.

The book activities are

**either too hard or too easy for my students.**I still have to modify it.

**Zoom Out**to School RequirementsMy principal required everyone to implement a program that is

**incompatible with the textbook.**I need to find something that will interest the students and satisfy his requirement.My teaching evaluation rubrics are asking for something that the book will not provide. I needed to create something that will increase my chances of getting high marks.

There are more reasons, but let these few sink in.

Classroom needs vary, yearly, monthly, weekly, daily and even every minute. Teachers thrive in the classroom when they get the hang of **changing their lesson delivery to match whatever the students need.** Textbooks and educational programs are static. Even expensive ones. They don't respond to change. Teachers can. **They know how to mix-and-match different resources and make it work.**

So what materials and resources will work in the classroom? **We don't know until the students come. **Even if you teach the same subject each year, you need to change your approach based on the students' needs. That is why you have to start with **YOU - Your Own Understanding **of your classroom, your students, your school.

Sheila

I simplify complicated stuff as a classroom teacher before, now as your virtual co-teacher.

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