I'm sticking this in the new teacher section because I'm in a new situation and it seemed applicable to future searches upon the search engine of the interweb: So, in summary, I moved schools, starting a new grade in a new school, and have been assigned a mentor teacher in the same grade. She's nice, she's helpful, I can ask her anything. She works under the direction of the school's instructional coach. Coach seemed initially very nice, knowledgeable, and helpful. I am far from a perfect teacher with much to learn, so I was happy to go to her with plenty of questions, pick her brain, etc. School has been in session 3 weeks. My opinion of her began as she seemed, again, a nice and intelligent woman. I walked out of the school today feeling very much the opposite. As these three weeks went by, I found my opinion of Coach shifting. My understanding is this is her first year as an instructional coach. My first opinion changes were mild, harmless things: She liked to talk a lot, almost to the point of seemingly just liking to hear herself speak or perhaps sound good. She seemed stuck in the past as far as teaching trends seem to be, at least in my area. Again, entirely harmless things, and there's certainly nothing wrong with hearing different teaching philosophies. Then things got weird. Again, teaching philosophies and styles change from person to person and everyone has their thing and their preference. Part of our (there's a handful of new teachers) mentoring, one which I love, is a chance to observe other classrooms. We watched one that was nice, busy, but the teacher never shut up and was somewhat inconsistent with expectations and consequences. Another teacher we watched had kids rolling all over the place and this teacher was praised by Coach for being so consistent and strict with her behavior expectations. Wash, rinse, repeat, and I get the impression this is a coach who loves and praises showy classrooms that aren't necessarily stronger in terms of content. My classroom has a Smartboard, which has had some troubles, and I've also never used a Smartboard. So I haven't been able to use it to full effect as much as I would have liked. She outright condemned me saying student engagement is impossible without a Smartboard. She then became upset when, during team planning, I used the term "number bond", declaring it not to be a real thing. Another day, completely out of the blue, another teacher whispered to be that, with Coach, take everything she says with a large grain of salt. I have yet to ask more about why this was said and not sure if I dare. Now, this really could just be a difference of views and perspectives. I will wrap up this novel, then, by cutting to the chase of why I walked out of school today filling very upset and uncomfortable. I happened to walk in on this coach gossiping and ragging on another new teacher's performance with a teacher who has absolutely no connection to the mentoring/coaching program. I don't even want to think if and what was said about me. Maybe I'm missing something about connections and maybe there was a legitimate reason for Coach to be talking to Random Teacher, but it's not something I have noticed with the school structure and the whole thing struct me as catty and unprofessional. I really don't feel comfortable with this whole coaching situation anymore. I am suddenly very paranoid about her coming into my classroom and I really don't know how and if I should approach the principal about this.