Sometimes I catch myself being defensive in my words and body language if something pops up with a parent and I am trying to fully understand why and what I can do to make it better. I feel like I do a good job despite having 70-80 kids in my gym with just my teaching assistant and I. We do games and activities that are fun and appropriate. I have a set discipline plan that I stick with the best I can. Whenever a parent does come and talk to me I make a concious effort to listen and tell them that I appreciate them coming to speak to me to voice their concerns so at least I have the opportunity to talk to them about it. Some parents don't say anything and then you never even know that there was a problem. (Especially when you have the large classes that we do and can't catch or hear everything.) In the past, I feel I have been undermined by my past and current principal b/c parents said things to them and instead of them directing them towards the teacher so I can address a situation, the principal steps in and talks to them about it. I am in a fairly affluent school so sometimes I do feel like he will side with the parents just to keep the peace. What are your thoughts? I know I am not alone!