What are your thoughts about gossip at work? It's a big turnoff for me and the first sign I can't trust a person. I've basically been accused of keeping my coworkers at arms length by my principal. However, these were the same people that told him I wasn't interacting with them at the beginning of the school year and the same people that told him about my class management issues . He told me he is expecting me to interact more with them next year because there are "good teachers" at the school. Also he said the other teachers feelings were basically they wouldn't help me with becoming a better teacher because I kept them at arm's length and they had their on classes. And the only person I really talked to is my mentor. My mentor told other teachers when I was put in an action plan for class management under the "guise" she was helping me. I was deeply hurt and will never forget that. She is in my dept so I continued as usual. They gossip about my class management issues. How should I proceed next year?