Looks like the above scenario may be about to happen to me. I teach in a charter school that lays off teachers mid year. I came to the position with mostly co-teaching experience (I am a special education teacher). In my last school I was a rock star. I left because the principal who brought me in was fired and I got an opportunity to teach at a much more prestigious school. I was given four sections of self contained students plus two additional co teaching sections. To say I have struggled would be an understatement.....a HUGE understatement. Managing my own classroom by myself has been extremely difficult. I had no curriculum so "class" was whatever I pulled off the Internet. I spent tons of my own money on supplies and whatnot as well, as all teachers do. My students were bored and disengaged most of the time...not all of the time, but most. I did not do a good job at all. On the plus side, I had a beautifully decorated classroom, did my hall monitoring as required and never had any negative interactions with administration. I was a very positive and friendly teacher and many of our students, who do not even have me as a teacher, feel close to me. I have been observed once where I was dinged on procedures. It was supposed to be a formal observation but no paperwork was done. I also had a formal observation of my co teaching class which was not great, but OK. This week I learned that I make about 10K per year more than many of my colleagues. I am also middle aged, being a career switcher. So a week or so ago my immediate supervisor calls me in for what she calls a chat. No paperwork or anything, just a chat. She tells me that she "doesn't know what the students are doing in my room" and that she "has to think carefully about who to place in the room" with the students. She also mentioned enrollment going down and as an aside said "even though you're doing (name of club)....." then went on to say, in not so many words, that my teaching practice sucked. Then this morning my first period students told me they were informed that I would not be their teacher second semester. To be fair, I am aware that the department is planning to redistribute the teaching assignments so it is POSSIBLE that is all it is. Still, layoff day is next week, and I think I am going to be getting a pink slip. Does anyone see a ray of hope here?