Good evening, my dear friends! I hope you're all doing wonderfully. It's the beginning of the third marking period, but I am so ready for spring break. Lol! I'm a second-year high school English teacher. I had a catastrophe of a first year last year. (Remember my posts? Lol!) This year has been a lot better. I'm now teaching the younger kids: freshmen and sophomores. It's good because I don't have to worry about being close in age to the seniors. But today, some of my kids made me cry. I do EVERYTHING I can to make "The Odyssey" fun for my freshmen. I worked hard on creating cartoons for the kids to see as I read aloud to them. We act out the story with props: swords, togas, bows and arrows. I don't know if they see how much work goes into my lessons. One of my kids made me furious, and I actually spent my lunch period crying. "Grades don't really matter to me in a class I'm not even going to major in." He also questioned my job title, my entire profession, and my love for literature. You can insult me all you want, but don't hurt my books. Another kid really broke my heart during 6th period. My sophomores can be so lazy and so mean. I created class money called "Lucky Bucks." My kids earn them every time they volunteer to read out loud or get an answer right in class. If they give me a certain amount of lucky bucks, they can be exempt from my mean, 50-question tests! They can also use them for homework coupons. Well, the one day I assign homework, my sophomores start complaining, rolling their eyes, and calling me unfair. I have a mean bunch of kids this year that are just awful to deal with. Perhaps it's my district, but I don't know. I always get cursed with kids that are so ungrateful and snobby. I bring munchkins or lollipops at least once a week for all my kids, and they can only focus on the negative. I was so close to walking out the door today. I remembered that I do love this job, but for once, it would be nice to be around people that appreciate my zany passion for literature and the work and money that I spend on a substitute teacher's pay. (I'm filling in for a teacher on leave, but a contracted position will become available in June. Fingers crossed!) Am I really cut out for this job? Is it normal to cry during my second year of teaching? I feel like I should be an expert now. Any advice will be appreciated, you guys. Thank you so much. God bless.