My first year is almost over. It's been a really good year, but I'm already thinking of things that I might like to do or set up differently for next year. The problem is, I'm basically going to have the exact same students again next year. I'm in a k-5 program and for some reason I just didn't have any 5th graders on my caseload this year(so no one is leaving), and next year I'll only be getting one new kindergartener. I love my students, but I am very envious of all the other teachers that get to "start fresh" with a new group at the beginning of next year. I feel like the students know me too well for changes to be that effective, or that they'll be upset when things are changed. I'm also afraid that students will simply get "too comfortable" with me, especially given that they already feel more comfortable in a small group setting (like they feel that they are not in a "real" classroom, they can have more fun or talk more, etc.). I'm afraid that students will not continue to respect/listen to me after I've been their teacher for so long. If I stay at this school for awhile, I could have some of these students for up to 6 years! If you teach a big span of grades, how do you deal with having the same students year after year?