It's my second year. I feel like this year my principal has been all over me this year from the start. At staff meetings he will mention things (don't give caffeine to the freshmen/students should be eating breakfast in the cafeteria) that I later find out were directed at me. I was giving coffee to seniors and thought the food being eaten in my classroom was brought from home. How do they get out of the cafeteria in the morning with food? Anyway, why doesn't he just knock on my door and say these things instead of making anecdotes at staff meetings? He sends other staff members to do his dirty work. I understand he is busy, but I hate when my mentor teacher or the PP (President Principal) walks in to say: "Bob wanted me to tell you know that you missed your lunch duty today" or "Bob wanted me to talk to you about the coffee thing again." I'm always having to defend myself. "It wasn't my lunch duty. Here. Look at the schedule." Oh, well, that explains it. No apology. "I don't give them coffee. I haven't since after the staff meeting. I do allow them to bring coffee from home. Is that against the rules?" No. Yesterday was bad. He walked into my class and barked at a kid to take his hat off. I said: "Bob. It's hat day." Meaning the kid had paid money to wear his hat for the day. He ignored that comment and ushered me into the hallway to ask me about two students who keep getting out of class early. I told him that I do not have those students except during an earlier period long before lunch. As he explained further, I released he was talking about unstructured RTI time that is new this year. We established in the beginning of the year, at a staff meeting, that students can be at the library or go to a teacher's room for help for the 15 minutes before lunch. We no longer have study halls. I remember this because the teachers all got together and talked about how it's a stupid idea to have all the kids flock to the library. I said: "Bob. That's RTI. They were in the library." These two students were released from the library early. He insisted it was still my fault, that the kids should not be in the library, and that since I had been mistakenly doing this since the start of the year, I was lucky that nothing worse had happened. I said I would make sure that all students who were supposed to be in my class are there until the bell releases them. I went and got a roster of students for that 15 minute span. Problem solved. He asked me to drop by his office after school to talk to him. He told me that the seniors were my responsibility and even though they aren't as good as the seniors last year (I disagree. I think they are better), I need to be holding them to higher expectations. He thinks I've "lowered my expectations in both my honors courses and the new elective" I was saddled last minute with. He said they were going to get bored by April. I was so upset with him by then that all I could do was nod and say: okay, okay, no problem. I don't understand how he came to this conclusion. He hasn't observed either of my honors courses. I've been telling everyone that I think I'm a better teacher this year. Earlier, a coworker had written me asking how the class was going. She was supposed to co-teach it with me and supply me with a curriculum but neither of those things ever happened. I told her that half the class took it seriously and had done this, this, and this. The rest of the class couldn't get over the fact it wasn't a credited-class last year and didn't care if they failed. I wrote that I had scaled down my expectations for the class (meaning the elective) and was only focusing on the important aspects of the college process, instead of breaking my butt assigning loads of work that students were not going to do. When he spoke to me, he used my same words back at me, so I know she shared the e-mail with him. I wrote both of them and clarified that I did not mean to imply I had lowered my expectations with seniors as a whole. That my honors courses are more rigorous. My grading system is more balanced and, thus, I have a more even spread of grades. He wrote back: "It seems to me like they are doing nothing at all." I took a personal day, which probably didn't make him happy. My mentor teacher observed my honors class two weeks ago and wrote a stellar review. No concerns whatsoever. All of my observations last year (3 informal with my mentor teacher/3 formal with my principal) were good. Can I recover from this? P.S. Obviously I am not going to allow ANY food/drink in my class from this point forward. Too much drama.