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    "Building the Wall"
    By Anonymous

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    Oh, wow, I so hear you when you speak that phrase!

    This year I *had* to build a wall in order to survive. I was the first target, and it took the other "normal" people a good part of the year to figure out what the team leader was up to. Luckily (for me), the team leader wasn't content with just targeting me (which could have ended up being somewhat successful) and had to target every teacher that was perceived as a threat (which ended up uniting all of the normal ones). At least we then had the support of one another.

    No matter what I do, I end up being slanderized. It is really kind of funny - if I contribute ideas to the team, the gossip amongst the "chosen ones" is that I am trying to dominate them and tell them what to do and how to do it. Yet when I don't contribute ideas, then the gossip is that I am doing all of these wonderful things in my classroom and keeping them "secret"- I'm not a team player. LOL, no matter what I do I'm (pardon the vulgarity) screwed.

    I'm with you in that my natural tendency really is toward collaboration and cooperation - it feels really strange to be the one "out on a limb". But I am quite stubborn (never realized that) and determined that neither my students nor I will suffer at the whims of these dysfunctional people.

    I have two slogans for this year -

    It is better to be hated for who you are that be loved for who you're not.


    "Let's put the fun back into dysfunctional" - Mary Engelbreit

    Best of luck to you on your new team - I really hope everything works out for you!

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