Has anyone had just basically a bad year and then bounced back from it and rediscovered their passion for teaching? Are slumps like this normal? I'm a fifth year teacher, and I'm just not having a good year. There are lots of reasons I won't go into here, but I'll just say it's due to both kids and adults. I'm taking steps to secure a new position for next year. I need to change schools. I've known that since the beginning of October. I also think I may need a grade level change, although changing schools/districts is first priority. I'm starting to wonder if 5th is not the grade for me and I just got really lucky with two awesome classes the last two years. Maybe those were flukes. What I'm most worried about is that the way I feel about my job this year might be permanent. For the last 4 years and for years before that (I've basically been working with kids since I was 13 without many breaks), I've absolutely loved teaching. It's been my passion and a huge part of my identity. I have never second guessed my career decision for a second, even on hard days. This year, though, I'm struggling to get through each day and each week. I'm not feeling the passion I once did. I haven't taken work home in months, just for my own survival. I used to search blogs and websites for lesson ideas for fun all the time. I just can't this year. I've had a total shift in my attitude towards the profession I once loved. Has this ever happened to anyone? Did a change in position/grade level/location help you regain your passion? I really don't want this to be permanent. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't teach. I've never wanted to do anything else.