Hi Trish - I'm not a teacher, but the more I listen to
FLTeach, the more it is dawning on me that being a schoolteacher
is -no- different than working in an office environment.
[I used to be under the impression that being a schoolteacher
would be something different - and it is - but administratively,
it's the same as working in a large office]...
You're the "new guy" ("new gal" sounds funny!)
there, it seems.
The 'new guy' always is given the hard time, first
year on the job. I've been in that position of "new guy"
a few times around - and it's tough. Everything seems
to be going fine and dandy, then *whoom* - you suddenly
are held accountable for things that you thought you
were doing fine (and probably were!) or being told
to go to training classes, by somebody who doesn't
really know what you are doing or how you are doing it.
If significant work is getting taken away from you,
then you know you've got a problem...
...is he taking you away from any of your Spanish classes?
This would be a huge red flag.
In the principal's mind, he/she may be thinking that,
since you're new at teaching high school levels, that
you should be observe a more senior teacher.
The first semester of school, (just like the first
quarter or 1/2 yr working for a business), is probably
handled in a similar way as I've 'been handled'. It's
irritating, but most businesses *seem* to work this way:
1) Everybody's all smiles. Lots of handshakes,
introductions, and loads of free reign.
2) This continues for a bit, then it *seems* that
you're being ignored/allowed to go your own way
with things, handling projects in the way you see
best. Nobody corrects you, except for a hint or
two from the boss.
3) Suddenly (it seems sudden to you anyhow),
you're called into the office. Something you
have been doing is criticized, either rightly
(in my case, overuse of email :) ), or wrongly,
and it hurts! It's a shocker. It's as if your
whole world is going to collapse.
4) Something remedial is handed your way. In
my case, in one job, I went from creating
spreadsheets (which I enjoy) to suddenly doing
data entry for a while, with the spreadsheets put
on the back burner.
This goes on for a while.
5) Then, you've "run the gauntlet". The pain sticks
around for a while, but you've now gained some respect.
I don't know if this all is universally true, but
it has been in the jobs I've worked at -- and seeing
just how surprisingly similar being a schoolteacher
seems to be to office work, I hope this helps.