That was awesome. Thankyou. Am nearly at the end of my first year and it sure has been a roller coaster ride. Am always wondering whether it will level out and also, just maybe, get easier. Even with all the support I'm so very lucky to have at my school, I still feel down, still get dissapointed with myself, my abilities and inabilites to teach "well", and of course that ever changing shift in learnimg and teaching. For a first year teacher I've had a Lot of downs but am beginning to see and appreciate the many ups I have too. Thankyou for your column! Alex from NZ.