If you don't have time/patience to read the background, please skip to the bold print at the bottom and answer some of my questions.:thanks: I've had doubts about going into education even before I made the decision. My natural skills are in more technical areas, but I find teaching more fascinating and fulfilling. I had a lot of difficulties in school when I was younger (it's still hard, but I've learned to hold my own with much work) and now I really want to help kids get the most out of their school years. My original ambition was to be a learning disabilities specialist, but now I'm considering other things, such as being a regular classroom teacher, resource room, or the like. I also love kids, I have a lot of respect for them as people, and they just amaze me. Theoretically, I'm full of good ideas for teaching. I've done all my coursework and I'm pretty sure I'm near the top of my classes, grade-wise. But when it comes to actually working with kids, it just doesn't come naturally to me. According to the teachers I work with (as their aide), I'm doing well, but I don't feel that way. When I'm working with kids one-on-one, it's hard for me to establish a rapport and the lesson feels dead. I haven't had much success in motivating kids or spreading enthusiasm/love of learning (I'll try to get them all gung-ho about something that I think will be really interesting to them, and they'll say "that's so boring." They're only 8!) When I have to work with a kid for one of my college classes, I feel like a failure while the others are giving these dynamic, involved lessons. And according to the formulas, I'm doing things right! My lessons that I model just for my peers go fine and usually get great reviews! I have come to dread my sessions with that student, and she is a great kid, well behaved, cooperative, eager to learn... I'm just really frustrated and I keep feeling like I'm at a dead end, not knowing what to do. Some people say, "Well, if you don't have a natural talent for teaching, why do it?" That shocks me; I never thought that way. Where would I be today if I'd dropped everything that doesn't come naturally to me?! But you need so much energy, love, patience, creativity, etc for teaching that maybe this is the one area that you really do need to have that special something in you. I know people who have gone into education with no formal training and taken to it like a duck to water. After only a short experience as an aide, they were hired (by private schools that take people even without certification) and they are better teachers than I am after 2.5 years of full-time college. OK, I wrote my whole story in the hopes of getting some advice, but besides for that what I really want to know is this:Can teaching be taught? a) Did you always feel a natural inclination or "calling" to teach? b) Did your skills of working with students (not specific strategies, but just knowing how to deal with them -- socially, emotionally) come naturally or did you have to work to develop them? If you're not a natural: c) when did you know you'd found the right field? d) When did you start feeling like you could be a success as a teacher? e) Does it become natural after some time? f) If you're not a born teacher, are you more likely to get burned out/switch carreers more quickly than the naturals? Or do you feel that you get "used up" faster within each year, even if you wouldn't think of leaving? g) WHY did you decide to go this far into teaching if it's not naturally your cup of tea?!