I'll be honest. I remember my first year very well, and I thought I came in knowing everything. Literally. Yet there was so much I didn't know, in retrospect. I have not necessarily learned from every veteran teacher I have worked with, but I have learned from teachers who had more experience (those who are at my school as well as those online). I then realized I was a little overconfident. Looking back, I did not do differentiated instruction, categorize my books in bins like I do now, or really do workstations of sorts. Yet I thought I knew everything. My kids still learned a lot and had a phenomenal year because they are now tenth graders who still love me very much. If they have progressed this far, I must have done something right. I may have instilled a passion for Social Studies or writing... though I absolutely did not teach with as much excitement as I do now. It's a challenge... I've been doing my field trip to good old "America's Oldest City" for six years. I am SO grateful I decided to do my own thing there, but not every person always embraced that idea. Now I am respected for it, probably because I am a 7th year teacher and very well-known for being... uhh... me... but I didn't always have that level of understanding from others. It certainly takes time, but that time comes, of course. What are your ideas for management and instruction, by the way, as well as theirs? What is different about their classroom management system from yours? I am curious to see if perhaps things are very similar after all.