Do any of you ever feel like what you're doing just is not enough to help your students? This is my 3rd year as a lead teacher in a self-contained autistic classroom. I work every day from 8-3:30, often without taking a lunch break, and often later than my required hours. Even when I'm not "working" I always have my students on my mind and am thinking about ways to improve things for them. All of my student's "basic needs" are met-my lessons are planned and taught, they are making progress on most of their goals and objectives and I make changes as necessary, and their behavioral challenges are addressed and controlled (most of the time). However...I can't shake this feeling that I'm just not doing ENOUGH for them. There are always changes that can be made, things that can be done better or differently, things that can be added to help them behaviorally or academically...there just aren't enough hours in the day, and I'm human, and some days I honestly just feel burnt out (not always, but today I sat and stared at my computer for 20 minute sand then felt guilty about not using that time effectively). It doesn't help that I have seven sets of parents who all want exactly what's best for their children, and five aides who (while wonderful and hard working) don't necessarily understand the position I'm in and are constantly saying things to me like "well why don't you do something about X behavior" or "why don't you change the way you're doing this"-in a way that's meant to be constructive and helpful but sometimes just feels overwhelming. My question is...does anyone else ever feel totally overwhelmed with the amount of work to do, feeling like you're not being the "perfect" teacher or sometimes not even doing enough to help your students? What do you do to shake this feeling??