Okay, I have no idea what to do. I'm on the verge of quitting, but I know I would make a good teacher in the right setting. I grew up in a private school setting, then switched to public for high school. Student teaching in public and subbing experience in both private and public. I'm teaching in a public school and I absolutely hate it. I'm the only male on staff. I spend 99% of my time doing paperwork and getting yelled at by my principal. I'm overwhelmed by the paperwork and the principal has been a nightmare. She constantly complains about everything I do or don't do. I have constant interruptions and am constantly been evaluated and compared to more experienced teachers, which is a losing situation for me. I've been instructed to teach straight from the basal and I've had terrible results so far. My principal constantly complains about my lesson plans, the way my room is decorated, the way my desks are set up, my shoe size, etc. She tells me she can't figure out how I keep my kids under control without over-structuring them the way other teachers do. I've already been pulled out of instructional time a couple of times to go meet with her. She also instructed me to "not worry" about a special ed student in my class and even criticized me for working with her because "she's not going to pass the test." I hate that idea. I find my principal to be condescending and arrogant and has told me to my face that I'm not even close to fitting in. She seems to think she's giving constructive criticism, but I can't hear anything that's going to help me teach my students. I coach youth sports and work with some less experienced coaches, so I'm sort of in a similar position. I can't help but think that if I took the same attitude, I'd run people off. I am told to spend my time teaching how to guess at the standards test, which I think is ridiculous. I feel like the kids will learn if I make the lessons interesting and fun. I feel like I can make a difference to these kids, but I am torn between enjoying my time in the classroom and the constant frustration I'm having. When looking for a job, I applied at both public and private schools. A bunch of private schools told me I needed to get some experience. Am I just going through first year struggles or am I going to drive myself crazy in a public school? I hate to quit because I know it would make it really tough to get another teaching job, but I don't want a job that I dread going to every day, either. I'm literally dreading every day because I know I'm for another day of being micromanaged and yelled at.