I'm a first year teacher so I have no idea how Teacher Association/Union meetings usually go but I've found myself avoiding eye contact during every one we have had. I work at a small school, one teacher per grade K-8, and all the teachers are very nice and seem to get along at any given time; unless we are having an association meeting. Our meetings usually end in raised voices, one teacher (who used to be an administrator here before they stepped down) taking offense at anything remotely anti-administration, and the four new teachers seemingly afraid to talk. The first meeting of the year was bad, with the rest of the staff split on whether the new lesson plan requirements from the principal were allowed and we agreed to give it a try for awhile after much "discussion." I wanted to bring it up again at our last meeting this week but there was an argument over who would be attending our negotiations that last over an hour. In the end our president (and senior ranking teacher) resigned office. Are everyone's this drama filled or is this just something that has been building at this school over time and is finally exploding?