I have been teaching for the past 14 years. Teaching can be both a joy and a challenge. I love challenges. Every school year the opportunity is given to do something differently. The opportunity to explore and conquer unfamilar terrain with the same map (the syllabi)and it is now up to us to reach our journey's destination without losing anyone along the way. When and if this happens it can be truely heart wrenching. So as we progress on our journey it is good to stop or slow down and appreciate the beauty that sorrounds us (in the classroom).