Am I on the right path? The last few years I've been a little lenient, but this year I want things to be different. The reason for my leniency is because when I tried being strict before, the kids got their parents to complain about me to the principal. Since I was learning how to work with administration (I still am), I just said sorry and accepted the fault. Should I stick up for myself the next time something like this happens? I respect my admin but I felt like I was cornered these last few years. I fear that they don't like me because of my mishaps in the past. I am afraid that they'll dislike me even more... Another issue that stems from my relationship with my Ps is my evaluation, which is based on the students' test scores. For the last two years, they have been low (with 60% failing). I feel that's my fault as a poor teacher (but then again, am I? Could it the students' study habits?) I've been working so hard to better my instruction. Could it be that the students don't like me? I know that I go out of my way to make things work in their favor (or could that be another mistake? My leniency ? What can I do to up those scores? This year, one of my ideas is to spiral (quiz them on prior information). Is that a good start? Or are these normal insecurities for young teachers? I get a little jealous seeing teachers younger than me (I am 28) having better luck than me (then again- could it be the subject I teach (Spanish))? Thanks for your help and your patience.