Sorry for the very long post, Id be interested in first or second and not higher grades Growing up, Ive always really liked children. Sure, they are sometimes very difficult but I love their innocence and Im easily able to empathize and connect with them. SO many people have always told me I should be a teacher since a I enjoy working with them and easily connect with them. So naturally, I studied elementary education (focus on pre-k to 3)in college. I did many observations in schools, tutored, subbed, etc.Every school and classroom was so different. Through these experiences, I learned a lot about myself. I always knew I was an introvert and soft spoken but didnt expect to become extremely drained in a room full of children and when things got loud/hectic in the classroom(Any hsp teachers out there?). I felt uncomfortable in the classroom setting with all the stimulation and thought how is it possible to teach in addition to all the things going on. Teaching children requires a ton of energy. But I graduated with the degree and took some a year off and tutored children pre-k to 6 at a small school. I realized I was very idealistic entering into the teaching profession. Liking kids and teaching kids are very very different. However, as I gained more experience working with children, I think the exposure has made me a more used to it. Im not going to lie though, children require an immense amount of patience, especially with 20-25 students at once. Sometimes, while at my current job with 10 children at once.. I have thoughts about wanting to just run away from all the stimulation and attention they need and even think “ how do teachers who teach young children go home to their own children?!”Another thing I realized was, I thought teaching would allow me to build connections with my students but sometimes there's just no time and young children just want to have fun learning/need a lot of guidance. I love that Im able to help these kids learn, but most of time I feel like its behavior management and Im not making much of a difference. Because working with kids is tough and teaching an entire class..I dont know. That being said, I am pretty calm but can also be stern with children and they often respond to me well. However, I think i do lack the enthusiasm and passion required from teachers. I am also not passionate about anything in particular, but found that I can become passionate about teachingif I put the effort in (But to be honest, I'm not too sure). I am extremely indecisive and dobtful in general and I have thought about whether I should just go for it (I would have to start my masters (pre-k to 3)because my undergrad did not certify me and the area I live around requires one). All jobs are challenging in their own ways and the grass isnt greener on the other side.I know some people who have always knew they wanted to teach children and end up leaving and I know people who just kind of come across teaching and end up staying for years so there is really no way to tell. So I want to ask current teachers or student teachers, have you felt this way about your own students(overwhelmed, that its not worth all the energy regularly)? Does it get better in your own classroom and rules? .. are the feelings Im having about children/being in the classroom in general normal and something Ill get used to? Isnt it normal for people to feel this way when put in a room full of children?Or is it that my personality doesn’t suit this career path? Is it important to love the children more or to love the actual teaching part more? Do you truly feel like your making a difference? So many questions. I appreciate all honest advice.