Hi all Wasn't really sure where to post this but need to get it off my chest... It probably sounds strange so if fellow open-minded linguists can't help, I don't know who can... The thing is, I'm getting anxious and sad about my Year 11 class leaving in a few weeks. I really am struggling to adjust to the fact that this group of kids, who I have come to really care for and have invested so much time and energy in, will be gone in less than two months. It probably goes without saying that I am a (relatively) new teacher and this will be the first GCSE group I will have seen right through so I feel doubly attached to them. Obviously classes/students come and go and it's a fact of life. I also know that teachers should not have 'favourites' and that pupils should never be considered friends. I would like to stress that I absolutely do NOT see them as friends but it's almost like I care about them as if they were my own children. I'm worried about what will happen to them in life, wonder if our school has actually done anything worthwhille for them, feel like I could have done more for them... Writing this, I realise how ridiculous it sounds but I have to post because it is something that is playing on my mind and will continue to do so for the next few months. I know from past experience that life goes on and the nature of the job means that something else will come along to keep me busy and too stressed to worry about this but right now it's all I can think about. I'm not sure I'll feel this kind of attachment to any other group (which might be for the best) and I wonder if it is right to continue teaching without the same level of attacement... I know this can probably be attributed to a number of thngs : I have spent many years watching these kids develop; have spent a lot of time and energy working with them and for them; have had emotional highs and lows with them etc and that is something that will just end. I suppose it's as difficult as any other relationship. My only concerns are: is it normal to feel this way? has anybody else felt this way? how do you deal with it?