Hello, I am having trouble coming to terms with exactly what my classroom atmosphere should be. Sometimes I just look around the room and the students are not interested and they are dead silent. I don't know how to engage them. Hemingway is so fascinating to me but to them he is nothing. He is dead or worse yet he was never born to them. I stand there and speak endlessly and passionately about my subject and I cannot elicit a response. So I go on spewing all of my knowledge on the board and try to mimic the writing style of authors on the board and then I place characters into graphic organizers and I only serve to imprison these characters that once held so much meaning to me but now they are just symbols and themes devoid of whatever life they once held. And while all this is happening the students sit there and hate it and I can actually feel their apathy and I can taste their utter dissatisfaction with everything I have said in the past 30 minutes, so I turn them loose in groups and they work without emotion and the bell rings and they leave and I accomplished nothing. What the hell am I doing? Why did I choose this career? Can I get out? Should I get out? Will things get better? Will I stop putting off sleep because I am afraid it will only bring morning and work? When I do successfully teach them something they could care less, and I tell them that they now own a piece of knowledge, a piece of the world and they get to make it their own and give it back to people with a little bit of their personality wrapped around it, but they just stare and think I am crazy, and now I think I am crazy too. Respond to this rant if you like. I will not be offended if you turn and run, though. I actually had a serious question when I started. Somehow that was lost. Back to the topic. Is this what your classroom looks like?