This is my first year teaching middle school in a much different setting than what I was used to. For 8 years, I taught high school in a very rural, small town setting. I had 8 classes to prepare for and I was the department. Taught everything with little input from other teachers. I was in complete control of the curriculum. Now this year, it's a huge adjustment. I am teaching middle school, and I'm on a team of teachers who like to use what they've planned from years before. There are all-school meetings nearly every week to talk about interventions, vertical teams, and then the daily lesson plan meetings for the curriculum. We are expected to update our webpage, attend all IEP meetings, collaborate, collaborate, and more collaboration. I've also done some deep soul-searching and wondered who I truly am as a teacher. I know this much: I enjoy doing one thing above all else- to TEACH stuff (and teach it well) that I have planned. Yet I find that I am doing less and less these days, analyzing data, forms to fill out, bureaucracy, hounding kids for missing assignments, emailing parents, and sitting through meetings that I honestly feel could be handled through email. My greatest strength is in teaching and being in the classroom. Am I wrong for starting to wonder if high school (or perhaps community college) would be a much better path for me? Or is it still too early yet? Also, I realize the current educational fad is collaboration, teams, etc. Nothing wrong with that. But is there also room for teachers who genuinely feel that they work better alone and individually? Sometimes I think, I just want to be left alone to create my own stuff!