All last year I struggled with my students and their parents. No one seemed to care. I had maybe 75% attendance to parent-teacher conferences and when I asked to speak to parents for whatever reason, I was blown off or parents would show up and talk about their problems. I had 35 and most were below grade level and poorly behaved when I got them. The parents were absent at best, and I found out that this year, a former student's mom was trying to garner support against me. This year, I have 21 students. The kids are on grade level (with a couple of exceptions) and the parents are super supportive on all fronts--with their kids, bringing stuff in, being responsible on field trips (I had some issues with parents/grandparents not watching their kids last year.) I'm having a really hard time believing that the parents are sincere. I had one amazing mom hug me today and give me pumpkin bread. I had a child's grandma's "boyfriend" give me a load of pencils for the room. These people are great and I want to relax and enjoy. Let me add that our principal is a mess and there are teachers at war....it's a mess at my school right now. I hide in room 2!! I need some feedback. I want to believe!!!