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    By Julianne

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    I know you don't want to look like a trouble maker. But maybe it's time to get a third part involved in this. If your principal is worth his salt, he should be able to help defuse this situation. Ask for a team meeting with the principal and all three teachers. You don't want this meeting to become "Mrs. So and So is driving us crazy". What you really want is some ideas to make life easier for all of you. So devise an agenda where you address the money issue and the anxiety you see growing in your grade level. Maybe some money can be dredged up from somewhere to help her buy more science supplies. Maybe you can shift some resources from the reading and math areas for her use this year until she has the necessary materials to teach her subjects.

    Your veteran teacher can't be happy the way she is acting. Maybe if she begins to see you as supportive and proactive she'll back off a bit. Sometimes a teacher in a new assignment can be given some extra planning time by hiring a sub for a day or two. That would give her a chance to get herself more organized. She might even be able to visit a teacher at your grade level in a different school who could give her lesson plan ideas and even excess materials. At the very least, your principal will have a better understanding of the disharmony in your grade and he may have some ideas of his own for making things better.

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