I am wondering how all the first year teachers feel now that we are at the end of the year. I have one week left (4 days!!!) and I am feeling very content and excited for next year. This is a sharp contrast to how I felt after the first week of school way back in Aug. I remember how overwhelmed I was and how I actually started searching the internet and job search sites trying to find other jobs I could do with my degree! I hated teaching then. My year has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. I had the three most difficult students in 2nd grade, I had all boys with only two girls, I had the highest student and the lowest student in 2nd grade, and I even had my principle apologize for the number of below level readers in my room. It has definitely been a learning experience, but I would not take it back for anything. I went through several different classroom management plans from bribery to assertive discipline to love and logic to just plain yelling. I have finally found a positive approach that highlights the good students. And, as a bit of a brag, I now have the best behaved class in my grade level and I haven't yelled in months. I have struggled with curriculum, felt like my students were all going to fail, watched my class consistently perform the lowest in my grade level, and cried over it all several times. But here at the end I think I have finally found my groove. My students scored the highest on our last math assessment and I have been praised for the increases in reading ability my students have shown this year. It's been hard, but I am proud of the improvement I have made. I'm looping to 3rd grade with half my class. There are usually only two teachers per grade level and I am the extra person. My 2nd grade teammates both told me they wish the other teacher was leaving instead of me. And the 3rd grade teachers are excited to have me. I was also told by another teacher that she requested her child be in my room if I end up staying in 2nd grade (which could happen). So I am really feeling the love.:wub: With that said I am still really nervous about next year and making sure I continue to do well. I am terrified I will have extremely difficult students again next year and I am not sure I can handle that again. There is so much I wanted to do this year that I didn't get to. So if you are still with me...What are your feelings at this point and how has your year been? I would love to have a spot to commiserate.