This is a question for those of you who teach... Did you have a point early in your teaching "career" that you thought "I don't know what the hell I'm doing!" and thought about quitting? I went into teaching full of excitement, motivation and confidence. I knew what I wanted to teach and felt I really had something to offer. Now I feel half the time that maybe I shouldn't be doing this. Aside from the issues of getting (or keeping)students, sometimes I feel like I really don't know what to say to help a student or advance them along. Is this normal? Is it part of the "getting experience as a teacher" growth? If I feel stuck for an answer to help sometimes when there's a problem does that mean I shouldn't be teaching? I've had good feedback from nearly everyone I gave any instruction to, but that hasn't translated into a growing class or student roster. In an overly saturated area, enthusiasm doesn't translate into continuity with such high level competition coming to town. And since my original plans were more "time-limited", trying to develop an ongoing syllabus has been a challenge, especially with constantly rotating attendance and mixed levels showing up. I feel I'm getting pulled into teaching step patterns and I didn't want to. (but I'm beginning to understand why everyone does) I guess I'm feeling burned out and i wouldn't have expected that to happen so soon. Is this typical and the fact that i recognize when I'm struggling a sign I should persevere? Or is it a sign that I got in over my head?