>Wow! Timing for your message is incredible. I'm in my 13th year and
>occasionally find myself in this position. Currently, I'm really
>struggling with some very immature behavior if my classes and lack of the
>ability to accept responsibility for their decisions. I've done some real
>soul searching to try and understand why the students (mostly seniors) seem
>to have just shut down (senioritis--seems they feel entitled during the
>last year to not have to work so hard) and determined to "do it their
>way"--don't want to have class assignments. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF SUCH A
>THING!!!!////????? All the advice given by others is right on, and I
>certainly benefit from reading the responses. One that really hit home was
>"not to let the students cause you to question your abilities, goals and
>intentions as a teacher". This is a hard one for me. Sometimes it's hard
>to keep a balance between being too laid back and too strict.
>Find ways to keep yourself inspired. This always helps me.