This is my second year teaching both World Civilization and AP U.S. History. Last year I felt overwhelmed by the APUSH and it took up most of my time planning. This year I feel like I am much more prepared for the AP classes and I am really enjoying them. I feel like a good teacher and am hopeful that they will do well on the exam at the end of the year. It feels great to be successful. I also teach World Civilization to ninth graders who simply don't care about history. I remember being their age and not really caring either. I feel like most of my lessons are okay and that they are at least learning most of the information presented to them. However, I feel like my lessons are boring. I'm feeling way burned out and hitting a wall in the middle of the year. I love teaching when I feel like I am presenting the information in a unique and interesting way. I do not enjoy my job if I feel like I am being boring. I also struggle with the 85 miunutes class periods. That is a very long time to keep the students' attention and I have a hard time thinking of class activities to fil the time. Do any of you veteran or brand new teachers habe any advice or suggestions? I would really appreciate it.