Hello, this is my first post on this forum. I am a new teacher teaching in an elementary school. My first teaching gig was last year teaching Kindergarten. I absolutely loved it. I had so much freedom to teach the class as I wished and I felt like I always had the support of my principal. Of course, I would have stayed if I could but it was only a leave replacement position. If I wasn't sure I wanted to be a teacher before, then this experience changed it. I loved teaching. I got a job this past summer over here in Virginia after moving from New Jersey. I got a job at a school as a 1st grade teacher. I was so hopeful. I wanted to try all of these great lessons on the kiddos. This was going to be the best experience ever! Fast forward to now... I am miserable. I have absolutely no autonomy whats-so-ever. Quite a contrast, right? I won't say that this school is so horrific that it deserves to be shut down. I actually don't even think it's a bad school, although, academically it's the worst in the county. You see, we attend these weekly CLT meetings. I had never heard of these things in New Jersey. In these meetings we plan as a team. Everyone has a job. We all bring together our resources, then unpack and frame our lessons. At first, I was thinking to myself "ok, maybe its the beginning of the year and we're all lost so we have to the same lessons." But as the year went by, I realized that we are all obligated to do the same exact lessons. Admin even steps in our room to make sure our lessons are in alignment with the CLT plans. I was even told that I wasn't following the CLT plans and that I have to follow them. So now I am doing exactly what everyone else is doing. All of those creative lessons, down the drain. Then I thought by suggesting some of my ideas that I might get a little more autonomy. Nope. Every always ignores my suggestions, mainly my grade team (excluding the specialists and ESOL teachers as they have taken a couple of my ideas.) I thought that these meetings would be meetings where we could talk about our ideas, take some we like and don't take ones that we don't like. But that is not the case. We all have to teach the same lessons. My enthusiasm for this school has plummeted quicker than the stock market did during the recession. I want autonomy! I'm not the type of teacher that just wants to teach random things that don't work. I am willing to take other people's ideas. I am willing to try things. I know that everyone is more experienced than me. I'm not so stubborn as to say "my way or the highway." I just want to feel like I have some say. Are all CLT's this way? I already resigned from this school, but I am super scared that all the schools here in Virginia are the same way. I'm fiercely debating whether or not I should go back to Jersey. Are all schools in Virginia like this? Only some? Are all CLT'S run this way? If anyone has experience in this, I would greatly appreciate it. Maybe some schools are like what I thought CLT would be like, a group of people sharing ideas but no one forcing anything on you. Thank you.