I am a first year teacher this year hired on a one-year contract. My principal met with me this morning for my evaluation meeting and said that I will not be asked back next year because my classroom management didn't improve to the point he needed it to get to. There were still too many students off-task when he observed me. He was very kind about it - he said he knows that I've learned a lot this year and have worked very hard and that he'll work with me as much as possible to find a new job. He said that he doesn't think a Title 1 school is the right place for me - I should try working in a school where kids want to learn. My dilemma is that I got my master's degree and licensure through a teacher fellowship program that requires me to teach in a Title 1 school in any one of three specific districts for the next 3 years or pay back $40,000 (which I'm really not sure how I would come up with). Monetary commitment aside, I really do want to work in a Title 1 school. I truly believe that I could still be a successful teacher in a Title 1 school with a better start to the year after everything I've learned, but he gave the impression that he doesn't think I should seek out those jobs. Of course when he told me all this news I started sobbing and wasn't really able to talk to him or ask him these questions. Should I meet with him again and ask him what kind of recommendation he would give me if I applied to other Title 1 schools in our district? Do I even have a chance of getting another job if I was not asked back because of classroom management? Sorry if this doesn't make total sense or if I'm not looking at things the right way, my head is a blur and I just wanted to get something posted so I can start moving ahead for next year.