Hey, all. I'm feeling so down. I started at a new school this year, and I'm just not loving it. I LOVE my class, but I'm having a difficult time adjusting to the work atmosphere. Here is my list of cruddy events in order: --Was randomly bombarded by my team leader during planning about how my writing lessons weren't integrating the other subjects enough and weren't academic enough (we share plans here, so what I plan everyone uses). We just started doing the writing lessons so I tried to explain that I was trying to get them comfortable with structuring their writing, and then start to integrate the content, which I plan to start next week. I said that I wanted to give them TIME to acclimate to longer writing pieces. I was then cut off with, "Well we don't have time for that....blah, blah, blah.....we need to stop doing junk and everything needs to be purposeful." I didn't think my lessons were junk. I just wanted them to be comfortable with formatting their writing and wanted to do it with a simple subject to begin. --My team had talked about sending a paper home to allow students to re-do it for extra credit because scores were low. We discussed (twice) about how it needed to go home today. Team leader then said she wanted to type up a letter explaining what it was. This afternoon, no letter, so I went ahead and sent it home with the kids and gave them instructions. I also sent home an email to parents explaining it. Would you believe later I was accusingly questioned for sending it home?!?!?! That was the plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you wanted to wait until the next day so you could attach a letter, than you should have said something!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Two of my kids missed the bus during dismissal because they didn't hear it being called. I will admit that my room was more chaotic today during dismissal than usual because I got them packing up late. I received a hate email from my P (well, he was actually very nice, but I know that it still has an underlying message of , "You screwed up, and don't let it happen again.") I am a major people pleaser so knowing that I let that happen and my P is aware just sucks. It was the cherry on top of a perfect day in upper elementary.