This isn't a major problem, but I'm curious to know how other teachers feel and respond when their class compare them with previous teachers. I took over my year 5/6 class in January and know that their previous teacher had lost interest in her class and the school for a long time before her departure. Consequently they watched a lot of dvds and didn't do an awful lot of work. With SATs looming of course, I am working them very hard and am occasionally getting the backlash that 'Miss X didn't do this' and 'Miss X used to let us do this and that etc'. Fortunately, I do have a pretty good rapport with the class and with a combination of explaining the need to work hard and that I'm not Miss X and I'm the teacher now, they do knuckle down. What I'd really like to do is tell them that Miss X wasn't doing her job properly but know that would be unprofessional. I'd be lying, however, if I said being compared unfavourably didn't get to me. Has anyone else experienced this?