Two weeks left until the first day of school, and I feel pretty on top of things. But something keeps creeping back into my mind. I keep thinking back to conversations I've had with veteran teachers. During these conversations, one comment always seems to pop up - and I mean always, without fail. With minimal variation, it goes something like this: "Yeah, my first year of teaching was pretty crazy, pretty demanding (laughter). I WENT HOME AND CRIED EVERY NIGHT." What...what exactly does this mean? Like, literally, crying? Every night? That's something I usually associate with chronic pain, divorce, and prison camps. I don't want that at all. The few times I've attempted to get more information from the teachers, I was usually at a social/professional function, holding some kind of cheese on a plate...anyway, it just didn't seem like the appropriate place or time to ask for more detail. have any of you gotten this comment? What do you think it means? And where do you think the bulk of the new-teacher-distress comes from?