I am right out of college and teaching my first year in 3rd grade. This is my dream job and I absolutely love it. I'm in a great district, a great school (highest in the district) and work with colleagues and teammates that are incredibly supportive and knowledgable. I read these posts and hear the horror stories of teachers depressed and wanting to quit and I cannot relate. I have had a couple overwhelming days, but mostly feel I am doing a very good job for it being my first year. "For it being my first year" is my problem. I am fortunate enough to work with a group of 6-year-seasoned teachers who are always developing new and creative ways to teach lessons and material and I feel DRY AS A BONE. In college, I would create such creative and thoughtful lessons that always pedagogically made sense. 1. Assess what they know 2. build on background knowledge 3. assess again 4. direct istruction, modeling, group work, sharing, etc. and so on... I used to always check out additional materials to supplement my lessons and find ways to always connect the material to their lives. I now feel as though I am always just trying to keep up and merely teach the material. I do not feel as focused on teaching thoroughly, but just teaching what I HAVE teach. Does or did anyone else ever feel like this? I am not trying to do a mediocre job, I am just doing what I can at this time. But it's frustrating.