See where the line dips up there, swinging all the way down through DISILLUSIONMENT in the months of Nov – Jan? Yeah, I would say this graph of the phases of a first year teacher’s attitude (thanks to DOE web page) is pretty damn accurate. Is feeling like crap about oneself during this horrific experience really so formulaic and utterly predictable? Well, I guess it can be, when you consider that this is a profession with an overwhelming amount of responsibilities and duties and that, furthermore, in your first year teaching you’re essentially just heaved into it and left to sink or swim. So that’s where I’m at, in case you were wondering.