I am struggling with this concept that all classes must be identical. I don’t have an issue with that concept, but I’m struggling with being heard by the team. I am the new member on a well established team. The team lead is very set in her ways and doesn’t like change. Everything has to be identical. I am an experienced teacher and have my own experiences and systems that work for me - that are the polar opposite of hers. She has trained the other two members. We have different philosophies on education. I don’t know what to do. Team meetings are spent essentially talking at me, scolding me for doing things that aren’t the “teams way.” Tests must be whole class (even though small group is best practice). Homework must follow abc procedure (even though I’ve already set up a different system). Parents must sign off on homework or we have to have a conference. Homework isn’t even developmental (but required for our curriculum so I do it….I’m not making them sign off or have a conference). I could go on…..majority of the time it is something trivial. I’m pretty sure how I manage portfolios will be the equivalent of fight words. But it works for me. The expectation is that she says jump and you say how high. Now the extreme part, I am clearly hated by the team. I’m ok with that I think. However, anyone who associates with me is also facing her wrath. She already told a few people that she was going to make me pay for speaking up against something. I wasn’t rude, but no matter what I’d be rude. I’ve been told that people have to go through the “initiation” with her, that she’s made them cry, that they considered leaving the school or profession. I’ve worked in this field for long enough, an initiation is bull! It really bothers me to the core that I can’t even do anything without being perceived as a threat.