Not really, I could resign and go back to subbing, but I really don't want to do that I mean, I would if I had to.
If DBF and I remain unmarried, I could always draw SSI through Wayne because I'm his widow.
I tried to emphasize that I need prep time and her first response was "Randy doesn't have a prep." "Randy doesn't have small children at home AND he hasn't just recently lost a spouse and child." She also said something about me being behind on my grading ... well DUH ... if I had a 55 minute prep time I could be caught up on it.
She also went on about how I need to be a firm disciplinarian yet build relationships with the students. That's really a fine line to tread with middle schoolers, and I'm sure that this is something that comes with experience. Shortly after her talk with me last February, she had me observe 2 other teachers while the 8th graders were on a field trip. One teacher showed me some computer applications to make my life easier that have been helpful but the other had the same "issues" that the principal said that I had. Students were getting up while she was talking, another student would get out of his seat, fidget, sit back down, get up, fidget. It probably wouldn't have been so bad but he's probably close to 6 feet tall, stout with bright orange hair. He's pretty hard to ignore!
I'm not saying that I'm perfect, I do need to work on my classroom management, but lately with this depression and apathy, it doesn't seem to be working.