The experienced teacher knew her very low functioning students had to unwind a little before they got down to the business of learning after a weekend, especially a weekend that involved a fun school outing. She knew the best way to get them to settle down was to spend 10 to 15 minutes in the beginning of the class letting them talk about the weekend. She knew these students found it impossible to work for 48 minutes anyway so no educational time would be lost. Besides, part of education is socialization and learning communication, an activity she facilitated during this time.
It just so happened that this was the day the inexperienced AP showed up at her door to do an observation. The AP knows nothing about special education and less than nothing about dealing with this population. The teacher knew in her head that she should drop the small talk and begin her lesson but her heart told her to continue doing what she knew was best for her students. She followed her heart and let brain lead the way to teach the best possible way.
The novice AP was so happy with what she saw, she wet her pants. She found a way to give the 30+ year veteran teacher an ineffective rating. Her day was made. She did not notice how well the teacher did in reaching her students. She did not notice how well the teacher connected with this population and used this connection to help them grow.
The experienced teacher has had enough of the humiliation she received at the hands of this novice and retired. The kids are now in the hands of a person who cares nothing about their education and their future.
Every day more teachers walk away from administrators like this one. The teachers aren't going to suffer. They will reap the economic rewards of a lucrative pension. The kids will be the one to suffer. If only the Principal had a child with special needs. Then, he might care about what is happening to the kids in the hands of people like this.