Hi, I've been teaching for 4 years now and I feel like I'm still struggling to feel like I'm doing a good job. After the first couple of years I kept thinking that it was because everything was still new to me and that I would start to feel a bit more successful with a few more years of experience under my belt, but after 4 years, I still feel like I'm not good enough :-( People close to me always say "You're too hard on yourself" and try to remind me of all the positives e.g. I get on well with the children, staff, great ideas, good presence in class, good lesson obs and feedback etc. However, every time I look at the children's work I feel disappointed because I find it hard to keep on top of marking, the children's work I feel is constantly messy and unfinished and I feel like the levels I have given them for their writing are questionable because they are so inconsistent in the quality they produce. I feel like the children are capable of more but I can't seem to get enough out of them and I try to keep them in at break etc. but sometimes I forget and even when I do keep them in, its a quick rush to finish and is not always much good. I keep saying every year, next year I will make sure I demand high quality work from the start and keep them in/make them do it again if its not good enough, but I can't seem to keep on top of it for some reason! Sometimes I get so frustrated that I've modelled something and given them loads of ideas and input and its like I've been talking to a brick wall the whole time with the outcome of their work but when I'm being observed, they always produce amazing work - they just don't do it the rest of the time! I've thought about leaving the profession but I really want to succeed (I'm not a quitter!) and I really think I could love my job if I felt that I was doing it really well and I know its the children's work outcomes (particularly writing tasks) that are making me feel this way. I really can't imagine doing anything else but I feel like I'm letting everyone in the school, children and parents down by not getting the best out of these kids and don't know what I should do about it. I have made a list of things to do differently next year like give more motivational rewards like certificates for different things ontop of smiley faces, stickers and merits and star of the week that we already do. Does anyone else feel like this? Any suggestions? Has anyone else left because of this and if so, how did it work out? What did you do? Thanks.