I asked for, and received today, a copy of my final performance evaluation, so I could understand why my contract was rescinded. I really shouldn't have read it before bed, because of course I couldn't sleep afterwards.
I have never seen so many lies about me! Things they said I did, and things they said I didn't do -- it's enough to make me wonder who actually wrote it.
Since it's much too late to talk about it, I took the time to write out my refutations. I will think about how to send them in, too, since it pains me greatly to think of that document as part of my file, unanswered, as if I accepted it.
It seems to me as if it were purposely written so they could get rid of me... a hatchet-job, a witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. But anyone who knew anything about my classroom practices would laugh to see some of the things they said, like I didn't enter my grades, or I didn't communicate with parents, or I didn't promote self-assessment among my students. My advice-to-parents succeeding in math letter is all about the need for self-assessment. Clearly whoever wrote that performance evaluation had very little actual knowledge of my practices, which is not surprising since it was a rare day when we had anyone from admin show up in the junior high wing. They were too busy dealing with problems elsewhere in the building, and they knew we were fine, because we are all excellent teachers, including me.