I stumbled on this post from teachers.net. I cut and pasted it, which explains all the arrows on each line. I love it because it's so true, isn't it?? > When you are a student teacher, you think of all the things > you will do better than your mentors when you finally get > your own classroom. > > When you are a real teacher, you realize that your student > teaching experience was a joke. This realization doesn't take > long to set in, either. By mid-September, you will feel like > your teaching job has taken over your life and it is the most > difficult thing you've ever done and your student teaching > experience is a distant memory of another life. > > By December, you will be so stressed that you wonder if you > should quit the profession. > > By February, you will be on this chat board talking about how > you cry all the time and aren't sure if you will make it to > May. If you think I'm joking, come back in February and see > how many posts like that dominate this board. > > By April, you will start thinking of the things you could > have done better and start considering what you will or will > not do next year. > > In May, you will feel like a survivor. > > Then in August of your 2nd year, you will be prepared. > That's when you'll feel like a teacher.