Appeasing the Administration
Your school's administration will have expectations for you as an employee and as a school ambassador to the community. Administrators will expect you to be a team player and professional at all times. If they believe that you have acted inappropriately, they will discuss this with you and possibly subject you to disciplinary action.
The administration will also expect you to keep your students under control. It is a fact that the teacher who gets a lot of parent and student complaints to administration will be seen as a poor teacher. Unfortunately, in some schools if you write too many discipline referrals, you will be regarded as a person who lacks good classroom management skills. Because referrals are the highest level of punishment you can dole out, they should be used wisely. Make sure to be consistent and fair with discipline, and you will have fewer problems.
Administrators expect you to vary your instruction and make changes and adjustments for students with disabilities. They take IEPs very seriously (as they should) and expect you to make every effort to follow through on each modification. Further, they expect that you will accept all students in your class equally, no matter what their disability.
It is not a good idea, especially as a new teacher, to speak badly of your school to the press or to parents. These types of comments can sometimes undermine the effective education of other teachers at your school. Very vocal teachers will be frowned upon. You must decide which battles you feel are important enough to fight outside the system.
Finally, administration expects you to follow the employee guidelines. As a teacher, you will probably be held to high ethical standards. Whether you wish to believe it or not, your actions both inside and outside the school reflect on the school and all teachers. Therefore, think about the consequences before you act. You will also be required to follow correct procedure for daily tasks. Teachers who try to bend the rules usually end up getting in trouble with their administration.