I used to love teaching. Now I absolutely hate it. I have taught first grade for four years. I switched schools this past year. It is more of an inner city school. The kids are a little different, but it isn't the kids. I dread coming to work everyday. I am now a "tenured" teacher, but I just am not passionate about teaching the way I used to be. I feel completely give out. Its like all day long these kids just constantly "need" something. Its hard to give and give and give all day long. I can't seem to motivate them despite all efforts. If it requires them to do anything other than sleep or eat, I can forget it. What drives me really crazy is that some of these kids are smart. I have tried different things to challenge them like creating a classroom newspaper, using the computer, and above and beyond. I am sick of going above and beyond when it gets me the same results. I love kids, but I think I am just over teaching. Does anyone have any advice? I don't want to fill like a failure in the middle of this and right now I do.