This is my first year teaching, and it hasn't been the easiest year. At the beginning of the year, I had two students with serious behavior issues. After trying about everything I could think of, my principal could think of and anything else, they continued to be a major problem. My principal finally decided to move them to other classes, separating them (one of the biggest problems) and helping the rest of my class settle down (they were feeding off these two kids). I was excited to teach kindergarten when I took the job, but thought I still may enjoy an upper grade more. During the first half of the year, I even thought to myself that I'd want to teach ANY grade besides K next year. However, since those students have been moved, I've found that I absolutely love kindergarten! I love seeing how much each child has changed and grown since the beginning of the year. I love the funny little things they say and do ALL the time, the fact that the tiniest things excite and surprise them, the hugs, the love that they show me and one another, and the all-around difference in personalities. Even my students who give me the most trouble, I find I miss when I am away from them for a while. I have no children of my own, but almost feel as close to my students as if they were my own. My job was an add-on at the school I am at, so I may not get it back next year, but hopefully I can teach K again next year, whether here or elsewhere. Everyone says Kindergarten is completely different than any other grade, and I understand them now. It is the hardest thing I've ever done, but the most rewarding. I know I and many others come on this board to seek advice, vent, etc., but I just wanted to say how much I love this age group and say thanks to all those who post here and give me advice, reassurance, laughs, etc.