I was miserable at my school last year and I'm even more miserable this year (although I'll admit some things are better - my classes are so much better behaved!) Last week I woke up at 5:30 am and checked my school email. There were already 3 emails waiting for me from my principal telling us to do one thing or another, or handing down some bad news...it's just the way she words things! Cold, condescending, and negative. It was only 5:30 am on a Monday and she had already tanked my day. I decided right then and there that was the final straw. I was tired of this place ruling my life and living in fear of my admin. I've been on antidepressants since July and am busting my but for grad classes my admin is forcing me to take. Today my decision was reaffirmed. My unannounced post-observation conference went something like this... "Ms. Pisces, our office records indicate that you should be having independent reading practice from 8:00 to 8:20, but your lesson plans indicate you are doing this from 8:05 until 8:25. However, on the day I observed you, your independent reading time took place from 8:03 to 8:22. Furthermore, your Literacy lesson should be completed by 9:20, but on the day of my observation I took note that you did not end until 9:23...." ...And so on... Really? I simultaneously wanted to laugh at the ridiculousness and cry from the pain. I teach kids, and I am not a robot. There was no mention of my awesome use of technology, great student work on the walls, neat graphic organizer from the lesson or the way my kids were enthralled in the book I was reading (I used great character voices ) Am I overreacting? Someone please tell me.