It's the end of the year (REALLY the end in some places, you lucky things!) and it's time to broach a delicate topic. DISCLAIMER: this is not directed at anyone in particular. It is not a reaction to any particular thread written with anyone in mind. It's just an observation, OK? A number of posts by new teachers decry the lack of mentoring and support. They seem to feel that they would have success in the classroom had someone else only made things a bit easier for them. When you are hired as a teacher, it is understood that you are a professional, capable of doing the job for which you're being paid. Sure, support is important and that first year is tough. But the level of mentoring that some posters seem to feel they deserve is unlike anything I've ever experienced. (Although it's entirely possible that I'm reading more into the post than is actually meant.) An administrator hires a teacher with the expectation that he or she will know the material, plan his or her lessons, deal with chattiness and typical problems (not the over-the-top stuff, but the normal age-appropriate behavior), talk to parents, work with kids having trouble, teach to the point where the majority of the kids understand the material, and so on. Mentoring is great, a huge help. But if you're being hired as a professional instead of someone else, the assumption is that you're qualified and able to do the job. If you need an inordinate amount of support with the material or the discipline, there's a problem. Again, please take this in the spirit in which it was intended.