I have always been amazed at how unprepared I was for teaching. I was totally clueless as to how to set up a room. I did not have any organizational skills therefore I did not set up a filing system. The teacher's manuals were filled with so many pages that the size of it overwhelmed me. I did not know where to start. I graduated Aug. 8 and reported for work Aug. 13th that year. I had 5 days to get ready. I had a bad student teaching experience, but even if it had been better I landed a job in a completely different grade. I felt like the worse teacher in the world and just knew everyone was better at this than myself. I don't know how I made except by sheer determination. I had a wonderful experienced co-worker that I questioned to death. It took me years to realize what she had done for me. I wonder if the students are better prepared today?