I want to start off this post with an apology..what you are about to read is going to be somewhat of a cranky pants post, so if you're not in the mood for that, then you can move on...but I hope you don't because maybe you can offer me some advice. :)
Well, yesterday I posted about how horrible the kiddos have been, but to put the cherry on top is my grade level is not a cohesive grade at all...we don't talk to each other and my co-teacher and I have felt alone really since the beginning of the year. We both started off with this being a new job, and we weren't "welcomed" to the grade or school to say the least. (it was so bad, my principal warned me when I was hired that the grade level's morale has been down the past few years) Well, what bugs me is the fact that these women (all 4) are not old ladies, but young women, yet never plan to do any really fun activities and seem to be set in their ways. We did a hallway display about civil rights back in february and after a few weeks my co-teacher asked when we could take it down to put up spring stuff and they all said, "oh no...we leave that up till the end of the year". Ha..um what?! I asked my P. and she said it was fine to take it down so now we have those cute birds up from a few posts back, but boy did we get death stares when we were taking our half down.
On top of all that...the lessons, for lack of a better word...suck! We are forced to "plan" together weekly and when I get my copy of the plans on Thursday night, I have gotten to not even printing them out anymore but instead, checking to see what topics and skills the kids need to know and then coming up with my own activities. I love doing fun stuff and I have printed and laminated so many cute things, that I'd hate for them to go to waste. And friends, when I say the lessons are boring..they really are. Like watch brainpop, read a book and write about it...and we're supposed to do this for a 45 min lesson!? Come on. So luckily, my room will be in the second grade hallway next year and away from the drama and negativity, but I know how great teaching and planning together can be, and unfortunately, we are just not there as a grade level.
I have been praised by my principal and every time she has observed, has complimented my class, so I am just chugging along in my own little world and even though its ok with me, I still feel like I am on an island and my co-workers really dislike me for having my "ideas and activities."
What do you think I should do? Any advice??