Just some background: This is my 5th year teaching 3rd grade at the same school. A big school in a good district. This is the first year my school is departmentalizing I teach Math and Science to two classes in 3rd grade. Our new principal (2nd year here) thought it would be a good idea as far as scheduling goes to place all EIP/ESOL into one classes between one team. That mean my teaching partner (ELA and S.S.) and I have almost ALL EIP students, and every single ESOL student. 21 RTI files anyone? Sorry-- background info took me on a tangent. Anyway, we have have had New Assistant Principal this year who we have all heard is harsh. I learned not to listen to others and to form an opinion on my own. Last Friday, I was observed during my second block, the one with 13 ESOL students, four tier 2 students, and one tier 3. This was also on a Friday, an hour before dismissal, the week after break, during a 4 day week. I decidedly while teaching to pass out some exit slips to make sure the students understood everything. I collected them and took a moment to review them while students began centers. As I am reviewing, I look up to see the new assistant principal sitting at a table in my room for an observation..... We broke into centers, things were fine in my small group, but some of my typical wild boys had to be redirected a couple of times. It was a little crazier than normal because I was trying to squeeze in all my rotations in 4 days so we my kids can take the required post test needed for data next week. I don't care if things get SLIGHTLY chaotic, and I don't even mind repeating directions to the kiddos who need it. I am one who believes that students need to love coming to school to love learning, so a little chaos during a transition doesn't bother me with this particular class- remember my demographics- ANYWAY, the new AP emailed me at 7:30 Monday morning asking to meet during my planning in 2 hours. I could barely function for the 2 hours I waited. When I got into her office, she asked me how I thought things went. I told her that I thought it was a little chaotic, but had accepted that students are just getting back into the swing of tings after the break. She goes onto to tell me some strengths she was so happy to see. Then tells me that I really need to restructure my centers. That there were too many small moments that added up and I had wasted "instructional time". I was professional, accepting of the feedback. I may have cried (I did). It made me feel like a failure. I work so hard for these kids and I feel like the expectations are impossible. I am very open to change, but I just feel like the new AP had way too much to see for a 20 minute visit. I ended up get proficient scores but she told me if she had been evaluating a different standard things would be different. She wanted to help me grow before that particular standard was evaluated. I am so discouraged. I work so hard to do so much, and I feel like I was nitpicked. I could be overreacting, or maybe even playing too much of a victim. Maybe she is right. I'm sure she is. I am known as the fun, less structured teacher and the students/parents love me! My kids have done well on the end of year tests and my behavior management is just fine. After I left her office, I came back and saw a parent responded to an e-mail I had sent the night before. I reread what I wrote, and it dawned on me that THIS is why I teach. I know this is long. I just needed to vent and also share what I wrote to this parent. I am so much more than one chaotic transition between centers. My e-mail to a parent-- I feel like this defines me as a teacher. Hello! I created a class website for Math that is outside of Canvas. John seemed really interested in creating one for himself. I REALLY think it is something he could do well and told him that I would LOVE to see it if he chooses to. Does he have access to a computer? Most of the kids have tablets these days, so I have to make sure they have everything at home before I try to encourage something like this. If you are OK with it, and you have a computer available to him, Wix.com is a great resource to start building a website! It is free and there are several templates that can help him set it up. He seemed interested in creating a site to sell used video games (which he can do on Wix), but I think he might want to focus on the basics first- Like a blog, and he can always add that later. It is completely up to you! I would never ask him to create a public website without your permission, but I thought I would mention it because I truly think he could be great at it Most of this would need to be done at home, but I will be happy to give him all the lessons on internet safety—I have a ton of resources! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't want to be another statistic, but I don't know if I "fit the mold" of what admin considers a "highly effective teacher" Please give me encouragement to keep doing this for the reasons I started in the first place-- The kids! I don't want to end up in a cubicle!