This year was my first year teaching. While I know it wasn't perfect, I was surprised when I was recently informed that I will not be re-employed for the next school year. The reasoning given was my classroom management. I have had three observations by the assistant principal, followed by post-conferences, and that was the main topic of discussion for improvement each time (although there were also a lot of good things). However, I don't think I was informed of the seriousness of the situation, or perhaps I was being naive. I am teaching biology (freshman) and chemistry (sophomores and juniors) and the behavioral differences are astounding. I admit that I did not start the year off as strongly as I should have from that perspective, which made getting ahead of it all the more difficult later, but I have seen some recent improvements. Unfortunately the administration hasn't seen them, or they have been "too little, too late." I was also never given any sort of improvement plan or much advice from administration on how to solve my classroom management issues. Regardless, I find myself looking for a new job for next year, and I am unsure how to best answer the inevitable question about why I need one. I have already applied for several positions and sent a follow-up email to a principal, who replied by asking me why I applied for the position at his school after one year at my "current" job. I have not yet replied as I am afraid that I will shoot myself in the foot somehow. I want to be honest, as I am sure it will come up again if I get an interview, and if he was to call my current school I don't know what they would say so I don't want to contradict that. I know I should probably focus on the positives and emphasize that it was a learning experience, but I am struggling with the wording. If anyone could help me with this I would be very appreciative as I really want to say the "right" thing!