It has been so long since my last post. This school year has been a long, exhausting, disappointing, learning experience, and I do regret not having the time to post more often. This past summer, after many months of job searching in a new state, I accepted a position teaching a new grade level in a subject area I was not accustomed to teaching, in a school district more than an hour's drive away from my house. On top of it (not sure if it was planned or not, though colleagues tell me it probably was), I was given the worst behaved students in my grade level. When I went to the p for assistance with a couple of students, she did a brief 10 minute walk through my classroom and blamed my teaching methods as the cause of the students' behaviors even though other teachers (e.g. art teacher, p.e. teacher) had difficulties with my class. As a teacher with 10 years of experience in two other school districts and not one negative evaluation prior to this p's comments, I was so upset that I called a former principal and asked why she would have given me so many glowing evaluations if I was that horrible of a teacher. I never went to the P again for help no matter the situation, and she seemed to leave me alone, especially after my test scores turned out good. However, morale in the school (and district) is extremely low. Every teacher is in it for him/herself as he/she does not want to be the one on the P's (or other administrator's) bad side, so good teachers prefer not to share with lesser inexperienced teachers. There is inadequate teaching materials, and I have found myself making almost everything that I teach or having to spend countless hours looking up materials for lesson plans off the internet. I was cautioned by others on my team not to share with everyone and have been told that since I spend all that time making up materials, it would be unfair to share with others who have not put in the extra time (for whatever reason) to make the materials. The whole atmosphere is extremely negative, and teachers know how horrible it is. Everyone is afraid to voice their opinions, as they are all afraid of what the P will do. To make a long story short, I am so very burnt out from this school year. This is the first time that I have ever hated teaching. I will be looking for a new job once the school year is up. One thing I wished I would have done was join a teacher's union even before accepting a job offer. I would have then learned that I do have 45 days before the start of the school year to resign, even after I have signed a new teacher contract. I would advise anyone going into the teaching field to join a state teacher's union so that you know what the laws are. What I am worried about is that there won't be many jobs available with the budget cuts this year, and as much as I love teaching, I am even thinking about looking outside of k-12 education as I am so tired of all the politics that have somehow weaved their way into the k-12 teaching field. I just don't know what I could do outside of elementary education since everything I have done up until this point has been elementary education-related. Sorry this is such a long post, I wanted everyone to understand the situation I was in and hopefully give some insight if you have any. Thanks.