I got my alternative certification in Secondary English last spring. I landed a job in July. That job's issues are well chronicled on this forum. In short: it was the job from hell, with no support, and students who ruled the school. I left at the end of September. I was not the first new teacher to leave the school nor was I the last - two others left after me and I know that two more are planning to leave after this school year. To get to the point: my question is - how do I answer the question: "Why did you leave your last teaching position after only six weeks?" I'm getting interviews for the Fall now, but I just don't quite know what to say. I keep saying things like: "It was a great position, but wasn't a fit for a first year teacher." Another thing: one of the schools I interviewed with called me back to say I didn't get the job. I asked if there was anything I could do to improve for future interviews, and the principal said that I interviewed well, but the principal of my first school didn't have positive things to say. Apparently, my last principal is telling people that I couldn't mange students, that I consistently complained and looked to be babied. She also told people that I was given chances for lots of one-on-one training with other teachers, and never took them up on it. I was never given any chances for training - most teachers ignored me. My ex-principal may not be telling the whole truth, and I have no idea how to counter that.