Advice #1: Be humble. Go in there alone, explain yourself, and leave. No big whoop. He's not the kind of guy you want on your bad side.
Advice #2: Make sure you bring a union rep.
Advice #3: If it's not a union rep, make sure it's at least somebody else.
Advice #4: The reason why people like him stay in power so long is because no one stands up to them. He's being a bully. Don't let him. Go on the offense.
Advice #5: Ask for the job threat in writing.
Hmmm. Still not sure how I'm going to approach things tomorrow. Considering that I teach all day and am leaving at the start of 7th period planning for a game across town, there exists the strong possibility that I won't be able to see the guy at all.
The key in my mind is that I've done nothing wrong. That's what I will repeat during the meeting and that's what I hope brings some semblence of control to the situation.
What I know in my mind is the following:
1. I love my job and don't want to leave it.
2. I'm good at my job and people know it. Even this year, a rough year because I'm floating, I was one of only (I think) two other teachers in my department to get 100/100 score on my midyear evaluation. The other two are National Board certified teachers. I've never had a flair-up with administration and never have been seen as a problem-maker or rabble-rouser. Plus, I work my ass off for these kids and this school.
3. Even though he has no grounds for firing me, the school system - or at least my school - has a way of dealing with teachers who piss them off. I've seen it done to others in my five years at the school. For example, I don't think that the contract protects coaches, and therefore that job could be yanked from me simply because they want to get my goat. I would probably quit if they did that, because it would make me irate, but I don't want to be placed in that position.
4. I'm not going to be bullied, and will make as big a fuss as necessary if I do indeed leave. but I have no problem being reasonable with someone who is reasonable back with me. Maybe things last week are overblown. I don't know.
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