EDIT: Non-reelect 1st year teacher and hunting for jobs... Hi, all-- Right now, I am panicked, angry, and in a severe bout of self-loathing. My admin recently formalized his decision to non-reelect-- he told me before class back in December (after a 2nd observation) that things were heading that way, but wanted to do a 3rd observation in January. Overall, I would say both my admin and I have not lived up to our potential in this scenario. Any advice I have received from BTSA and coworkers, has been attempted, and (I guess) just isn't working? I like my classroom environment, but I guess my admin feels differently. All I have been able to ascertain from him so far is that my non-reelect is performance-based, as he is not happy with my classroom management (ex: student attention should be on me at all times when instructing), and my "overall instructional program"-- which he is unable to clarify past my students knowing the learning objective. I was also told that it's not just one thing, but several, and that I am not as far along on the "continuum" as he would like. He maintains that we have discussed what needed to be remedied and how to fix them during our post-ob. discussions, but I would have to disagree. I feel that what his expectations and BTSA's expectations are wildly different. While I find his concerns valid, I would love to know what they are and how to fix them, as I have already plead to reason (i.e., asked if I could be reassigned site or grade-level, since we have a teacher shortage in our district). He says I have potential to do better in a different environment, and that he's willing to write a letter of recommendation at the end of the year. Again, I am more than willing to admit that I have no idea as to what I'm doing roughly 95% of the time, and I was bad about asking questions for fear of being deemed incompetent/unqualified-- either I was a bad teacher prep student, my program was awful, or both. Whether or not that is true, I know myself well-enough to know that with hard work, I can get to where I need to be. I don't want to give up on this dream, and I want to do my best for myself and my students. UPDATE Well, I made it through the remainder of the year. I was strongly advised (before originally posting in February) by many in my district to resign, in lieu of letting the non-reelect go through. I resigned under the belief that other districts and admins would not be able to discuss my reasons for resigning, but am wondering if that was the right decision. As I am applying and interviewing for these positions, I keep hearing the "Have you ever been fired, non-reelected/non-renewed, and/or been forced to resign" question. Again, I was advised to never mention being non-reelected to other districts, but I can't help but feel that interviewers see right through me. I've not received any callbacks/follow-up interviews, and, more importantly, I feel like I'm lying to them. Also, my administrator refused to write a letter of reference (thankfully my V.P. was more than willing to write one), which conflicts with the promise he made (specifically, expressed willingness to write a recommendation letter) to help me move on during a follow-up conversation. Any thoughts/suggestions?