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    Hi Kim,

    Please don't go directly to the principal with any plans to incorporate a plan that is different than what the teacher assigned to the room does. Please share the notice from the principal with your cooperating teacher first. Maybe the pricipal is telling her/him that he likes her/his discipline plan.

    Together you two will decide how you can meet the suggestions of the principal. This will be best for you, the cooperating teacher will thank you, and the students will not be in the middle. If the cooperating teacher does not want to change her/his plan, then might be the time to ask her/him if it would be alright for you to put in your plan.

    Principals sometime put young teachers in poor positions even though they want the practicing student to be successful. If you plan to try to get a teaching job in that district, you don't want to start out with an antigonist in this classroom.

    Just a thought. Good luck.

    Oh, yes. I was a classroom teacher and I haved served as a principal. I know the intention of the principal was good and when you have your own classroom you can handle your discipline as you see fit.


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