How is this fair?

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Registered: 08-23-1997
How is this fair?
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 7:03pm
Last week I had a surprise observation from our asst supt for instruction. It was the first day of a new semester and I never had these students before. (I teach library skills to 6th gr.) I gave them a pre-assessment and a word search after they were done. I know word searches are frowned up but, honestly I just needed to give them something to do after the pre-assessment. Literally half the computers in the library don't work, a long standing problem that never gets addressed, and the test was online so I had to stagger the test. Kids were a little unruly. I was not teaching in my usual space and I didn't know any of the kids.
So I met with the asst supt today to go over my lesson and she slammed me. She said I spoke in a monotone and I had no enthusiasm and the kids were not interested. I'm not a bubbly person and frankly when I saw that she was observing me I kinda froze up. She also hated the word search which I can understand but, I literally never do them. She also nit-picked a bunch of other things. But the worst part of this meeting is that she said she has serious reservations about my teaching and she is leaning toward not recommending me for tenure this spring!
I don't understand how this can be. She's never seem me before. I have 4 satisfactory observations over 2 years with my principal and last Friday I met with my principal for my mid-year goal discussion and the principal was telling me that I would be teaching more next year and she wanted my ideas for topics? How does this make sense? So one observation by the asst supt, trumps 4 observations by the principal who obviously knows me better?
I'm in shock.
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 8:06pm

Yuck! I feel so bad for you. In answer to your question, it isn't fair.



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Registered: 12-28-2007
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 7:24pm

Unfortunately, life is not fair. I was in a position where the Superintendent came in, observed me, and I was told that unless I improved I would not receive tenure. I was a probationary teacher. I did not receive tenure.
I went to alternative ed, then to a different public school. Being denied tenure was a horrendous, humiliating thing.
It was also the best thing that could have happened to me.