Hi . I am a new user, but have lurked for a while. This is my second year of teaching. I was hired mid-year after student teaching for 16 weeks last year - I quite literally finished student teaching on a Friday and took over a classroom the following Monday. I was handed a very challenging class, but had a great first year. I ADORED my kids and was sad to see the year end, but they were a tough crew. I was assured that my incoming class was a much easier group with far fewer issues. This has proven to be true in many regards, but I am finding the class to be frustrating in different ways. They are slow to complete routine tasks and unable to follow simple directions for things we do each day (such as completing our agendas). The are easily bored. They don't, as a group, have much of a sense of humor. I don't get much back from them - they are not easily engaged. They are rather detached, spacey, and aloof. I keep telling myself that it just takes time to love a class, and it will happen with this group. Experienced teachers - how long does it take you to love a class? I know I won't adore every kid, but by week three I definitely loved the groups I student taught (I was in 2nd, then 5th), and I really loved the class I inherited mid-year (despite their challenges, they had great personality!).