I have now been a member of AtoZ for almost 6 years. I joined, and have stayed, because of the warm and supportive atmosphere I found here. Not only do I unequivocally state that AtoZ (and 2 local teacher friends) not only kept me sane my first year of teaching, but has also been one of my greatest sources of self-driven professional development and of ideas for my classroom. What is happening lately? It seems as if (at least with a few very vocal posters), the warmth and support has gone out the window! I have never seen so many negative, antagonistic postings prior to this summer. Amanda, what is happening? I am reading very judgmental posts that make blanket statements that often seem as if they are being made by politicians, not teachers. I miss the "old days." Although members would definitely correct me if I was wrong about something, at least they did so in a polite, nonjudgmental fashion!