I've been feeling frustrated by how much the administration at my school micromanages what we do in the classroom. This is less about curriculum (we are not provided any) but more about instructional time, etc. -The expectation is that we teach from bell to bell. This is honestly fine with me and I generally do teach from bell to bell. But I also think it is ok to occasionally give kids 1-2 minutes to talk at the end of class if we finish the lesson early. I have 72 minute periods. One teacher got docked on an evaluation because she had the kids clean up from a lab and didn't have an exit ticket for them to do for 2 minutes. So, if I let my kids pack up one minute early and talk and admin walked in, they wouldn't be happy. -We are not allowed to show any movies...even the day before break! -The kids have standardized testing soon. They are testing for 4 hours in the morning. We have one class afterwards. I would love to take my class outside afterwards, but we are not allowed to. We are supposed to teach regular lessons. (I will probably play a game with them or something. This other teacher says that she usually does a coloring activity that is kind of math related in case admin walks in). -The kids were supposed to have a "fun day", but our principal canceled it because the teachers were behind in our pacing. We already told the kids about fun day, so we had to tell the kids again that it was canceled. They had one period where they had an activity in the auditorium, but classes the rest of the day. This was the day before break. Again, we were told that we have to teach normal lessons this day... -Admin checks our gradebook constantly and sends out lists of struggling students as well as CUSP students. We shouldn't have too many F's in our gradebook. I have started giving minimum 40's on assessments just to make sure I don't have over 4 F's. All of my F's so far are VERY deserved and some kids with D's should have F's.