We had a terrible staff meeting yesterday.
One teacher kept talking over me every time I opened my mouth. She raised her voice. She corrected my word choice (I don't have complaints, they are concerns), butted in and finally just completely doubted the nationally recognized, data supported, school system supported behavior program I have been appointed to co-chair at my school.
Besides the rudeness and the condescension, the mumbling head shaking "I just don't believe we have to DO THAT because it is (air quotes) politically supported, I'm here to educate chirren" (pinched lips, church lady face)
I stopped breathing. It was like gaslighting. She thought if she questioned ME enough the data would go away. OR that the data could be called into question. "Where did you get that? hm? I just don't know that I believe that."
I referred her to our district level chair of the program who convinced me to take on the role at my school. Repeatedly. I was done. I was shaking.
I could care less what her opinion is. But to think that her opinion becomes fact? And that everyone else in the room should accept her reality?
She also tried to act like being accepted by people within the county who have positions of "power" was somehow a shameful thing.
I don't like feeling like I need to defend myself against crazy.
Fortunately, she is only one person. She has only one (equally negative) other person who buys into her talk. I am solidly in the "clique" with everyone else. Apparently, being friendly with and accepted by your peers is cliquish.
It was awful. But at the end, I felt supported by everyone else. So a positive.