From the beginning of the school year, my new principal has told me that I tend to isolate myself from the other staff members. Technically, I'm still considered a new teacher from the rest. I get along just fine with everyone, I'm polite and discuss topics with them when necessary. But I'm just the type of person that focuses on the job-teaching and helping my students whenever I have a free moment, and I enjoy that. The principal has stated more than once that I'm an excellent teacher. She just doesn't like the fact that I don't hang out in the lounge everyday and chitchat on a daily basis. Of course, I have a few close teachers that I talk to. I don't see anything wrong with this. I'm upset because she has discussed this issue with me more than once, and I'm getting fed up about it. I do my job successfully, treat everyone professionally, yet I'm still frowned upon because I don't tell people my life story. She mentions that I'm going to be tenured, so she wants me to speak up more and share. I do share when its necessary, but what I do on break is my time-I shouldn't have to feel obligated to go in the lounge if I don't want to, right? I just don't get it. If I'm a great teacher, why give me a hard time?