I am in my fifth year of teaching and I'm pretty confident that I'm the only teacher I know of who has never received any sort of recognition or even a kind thank you note, and I don't understand what it is I'm doing wrong. Obviously recognition and thank you's aren't necessary or even remotely important but it's becoming so difficult for me to ignore their absence when all of my colleagues are constantly talking about theirs. They post the thank you notes they receive on social media sites, they hang all of their recognitions, like Teacher of the Year nominations for our school, around their classrooms, and they make casual mention of kind emails they've received during lunch conversations. I've observed other teachers to see what they're doing differently, but see nothing different. I've had teachers observe me and they have no critical feedback. I spend countless hours reading borrowed books and online to get some insight, but still nothing. I just don't understand what I'm missing. As I teach and interact with my students and their parents I feel like a good teacher and like my students are learning and that they like me - we connect, we have fun, they respect me, they work hard, they seem engaged and have told me at various times how much they enjoyed certain lessons/books/assignments - but then I see that my colleagues are getting tangible recognition that I am not and I'm starting to think that maybe somehow my perception of how I'm doing is totally off. And maybe I shouldn't be a teacher if I'm that off and no one feels compelled to thank me or nominate me for Teacher of the Year like they do the other teachers (which is honestly the case - most teachers at my school get nominated for Teacher of the Year and get a certificate - so it isn't as silly as it sounds to sort of expect a nomination). The thought of quitting breaks my heart because I love teaching so much and I love my students, but nothing I've done to reveal my deficiencies has actually revealed anything except that I seem to be doing everything that my colleagues are doing but somehow I'm not getting the same results. The only thing that I can think of that might play a very small part in my situation is that I'm a part-time teacher (we do what we call block schedule at my school where you have classes 1-4 on "A" days and classes 5-8 on "B" days, so I teach "B" days) and I don't teach any honors or AP classes, which seem to be the classes where students typically are more interested in education and their teachers. But I don't think that can explain everything. So, even though I feel sensitive and heartbroken about this, I would love some insights. What am I missing? What am I doing wrong?