@Teachthought One colleague who inspires me is a new colleague this year. I am having a really difficult transition in a new school and I find myself feeling really negative about it. A teacher in our department I know has a sick mother. He did not share this with me but another colleague mentioned he was visiting her before I started. He has been nothing but positive and helpful and I should think of his situation when I feel like giving up. It is not a terrible situation that I am in. It is just different from where I was, the kids are a little more difficult to control and I have to think positive and try my best.