Last year after the first week of school, I felt so drained. I had a student in major behavioral and emotional crisis. I had a student terrified to come to school. I had a parent who had already threatened to sue the school, and who by this time in the year, I already had fifty pages of email conversation with. I had three other parents who were not QUITE that high maintenance, but who still made my year very difficult. Last year was bar none the hardest year of my teaching career. This year after the first week... I feel awesome! My kids are sweet, there's a high degree of empathy in the group, all my parents see to be within that "appropriate" level of supportiveness... I've finished each day this year tired, but almost sad to send them home for the day! It's great to get a fresh start. Academically, it'll probably be a bit of a challenge... our first week benchmark assessments were... well, let's just say I'm not hopeful that I'll continue having the top end of year scores in the county... but I'll handle having a lower academic group in favor of a sweeter group with a better personality mix and no crazy parents.