I just had to report that I love my new job! I taught 4th grade for the past 4 years at a Title 1 school and just transfered to a middle school, teaching 6th grade Language Arts. Well, it has only been 2 weeks but OMG I LOVE it! The kids are awesome and ready to learn. I feel like I am actually teaching, instead of managing and staying one step ahead of the fights. The teachers here work very hard; the principal reguires 4MAT lessons turned in and curriculum maps and I am so up to the challenge! I'm still not used to grading 150 papers though! I came from a school where too many teachers balked at PD. I hated being in that kind of environment! Anyway, I know there are a few of us new 6th grade teachers so how is it going? Oh I forgot who recommended it, but I color coded the periods and it is working great! THANKS!