I am finishing up my first year of teaching in 5th grade, our last day is today! Up until the end of the day yesterday, I was nothing but excited for the year to end and for summer to begin. But after the kids left yesterday, it finally set in that it was actually going to be over after today, and to be honest, it's really bumming me out! I'm definitely all for the break, but I have made so many relationships with kids, and I've watched them grow so much, that it's hard to watch them leave to go to middle school. Is this normal at the end of the year? Does this type of feeling get easier the more you teach? This is the first group of kids that I've had, so that probably has something to do with it. How do you normally feel at the end of the year?