I've been teaching elementary for 7 years, and have had several principals (all at the same school). This year we got another new one, we are at a Title school, the toughest in our city. 90 some percent of our students are on free and reduced lunch. Anyway, I'm struggling with this new principal. She had a meeting Thursday with all the staff and I quote: "I don't support the teachers, I support the students, I'm not here for you, I'm here for the students." I think all of our mouths dropped to the floor....NEVER knew a principal would be like this. So now our students know that they won't have any consequences for their behaviors. They don't care if they get sent to the office. I teach 6th grade, and thankfully I looped with them and taught the same group as 5th graders. So I have great relationships with them and their families. I just worry about the new teachers, the ones that are trying to figure out how to manage their rooms, and have to do it on their own. Zero support, except from other teachers. We've been sending students that need to leave our rooms to fellow teachers. We are leaning on each other more than ever before. Last week's meeting she told us basically we haven't been doing our jobs because we failed five straight years our state testing, and now this week she basically told us we also don't know how to manage our classrooms. Both statements are FAR from the truth (well we did fail, but it's not from poor teaching. Our students have worries like if they will get dinner, living in shelters, motels, abuse, drugs, so testing is the last of their worries). We have an outstanding bunch of teachers that are committed to their students. She also told us that it's not her building, its ours. Ok lady, look out. That's all you had to say. But why did it take you until 2nd quarter to tell us?? Oh, probably to make us look bad. Anyone hear of Conscience Discipline? This is what she does and believes in. Whenever she shows us video clips, I feel like a worthless parent and teacher. But I command respect from my kids and students, and have high expectations. I believe that there are consequences for actions in life, so why sugar coat things at the elementary level?? You KNOW it's not ok to grab someone by the hoody and drag them around, yet you did it anyway, so you need a consequence!!! Ok, thanks for listening. Any advice to get me through until June would be great! I'm planning on asking for a transfer, closer to my home and where my kids will be starting school next year. Don't want to cause too many waves, since we have so much school year left!