So at long last I’ve received and accepted an offer for my very first teaching position (8 years after I earned the degree). Strange; it’s all I’ve ever wanted since I was 16, but now I’m suddenly filled with a gnawing fear that I’m going to be so bad at it, that I’ll be fired or not renewed in very short order. Is this normal? Certainly everyone struggles some in their first year, right? Second? How much rope are new teachers given? I may not be crazy about my current employment, but I know management and my coworkers all think the world of me. Scary to walk away from it all and maybe fail. Who would have thought a dream could suddenly be so...uneasy.