Hello! I'm not technically a teacher (though I'm certified to be one), but rather a long-term sub for a social studies teacher at a high school. This is my third total teaching experience (five months of student teaching, two months at another long-term job). I have been hired to teach an AP history course, and I've been at it for a while (since around Thanksgiving Break). Thing is, I'm feeling burnt out. Don't get me wrong, I love working with the kids and I am fascinated by the content and enjoy teaching it, but I feel as though I'm not doing a good job and it's starting to weigh on my self esteem. The kids seem to like me (not really a thing that determines teacher quality, I know, but at least I'm not hated), but I just have the feeling that I'm doing more harm than good. Students have told me that they understand content better when I teach it as opposed to the actual teacher, but my super self-critical mind sees that as them understanding content because I spoon-feed it to them as opposed to making them work for it. I do a lot of lecture and group discussion, but I just feel when we're discussing a topic I'm confusing them more than helping them. I study basically every night to prepare my lessons, and yet I still feel underprepared. I know it's not an excuse, but having to learn the content essentially overnight and teach it the next day is BRUTAL, especially college level material. Sometimes things move so fast in the AP class that I forget concepts mid-lecture and remember them far after students have left. I'd say my classroom management isn't awful (kids are in their seats, no disrespect, quiet when I need them work/listen) but again they're AP so that's the easy part. Any AP teachers have any tips for working with these incredibly gifted students and avoiding burnout? I want to do the best job I can since I eventually want to be hired at this school/district as a full-time teacher. But on days like this, I just don't feel qualified to teach the subject. I'm going to try to convince the principal to observe me soon, but I'm frightened that bringing her in will hurt my chances of working at said school, especially if I screw things up that day/class/lesson... Thoughts? Hopefully the post wasn't too depressing.