This is my 5th year of teaching, and my 4th year in the same position. Up until this year, I felt like every year was going better than the last. My confidence grew, my familiarity with my school and grade levels grew, and last year was an absolutely phenomenal year. I had a great group of kids that I felt really connected with. They grew so much, and they were all so mature and funny and outgoing. They made teaching such a pleasure. This year...not so much. I've been dreading coming to school every morning, which is not normal for me. I feel like all I've been doing is putting out fires (LOTS of behavior kids this year), dealing with paperwork disasters, and just trying to stay afloat. It doesn't help that my absolutely amazing group of kids from last year moved to middle school, and I miss them far more than I thought I would! I just don't have the same connection with this group. I know that may come in time, and I'm still hopeful that things will get better, but it's been a rough start. I'm trying to maintain a good attitude and make the best of it, but I'm just wondering...are there some years that you look back on and think, "Nope. That was not my year." Any tricks for getting through it?