So, I had my first observation a week or so ago. My principal said that I needed to ask questions to specific students instead of asking and letting the whole class answer. Doesn't that seem a little like a personal preference? He also said that he wanted to observe me either today or tomorrow when I'm "teaching a lesson." Apparently, having students finish a worksheet from the previous day in groups and then modeling and having them do a compare/contrast triangle for the 3 versions of the Arthurian legend that we read isn't "teaching a lesson." Am I wrong for being a little miffed about this? Especially when he was mostly a sports coach before being politically (mis)placed in his current position?? I mean... you should hear his grammar! He also came into my 4th period (Intensive Reading) unannounced on Friday and witnessed me nearly having a break down. My kids were uncontrollable on Friday! It started late Thursday afternoon and got worse on Friday. I had to run crying into my dept. head's room across the hall as soon as the kids were gone. There were the few bad apples that were infecting the rest of the class and I just didn't have the strength to fight the behavior. I've been so sick with a stupid cold that I'm barely sleeping and just couldn't handle them. I love teaching. Don't get me wrong. I feel like this is the passion that God put in my heart, but am I any good at it? I just wonder whether or not I'm cut out for it. I've already caught vulgar things (Ms. Mc) sucks Donkey D**ks) written about me on a dictionary and a text book. Does anyone else ever have this feeling? Does it pass? Should I skip out at the end of the school year to go back to retail (which I hate but seem to be good at)? Is it my age (25 in June) that makes them be so terrible to me sometimes? Or does everyone have a first year that's this tough? I guess what I'm trying to say is "HHHHEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPP"