I love my little cuties this year. I have 13 kids. Our numbers are low because I teach the Title I class and they all need such intensive help in Reading and Math. This year, I had to realize that I need to celebrate small steps and not worry so much about percentages, etc... You mentioned that they are completing more work independently. Wonderful! Celebrate this with them and it will boost their confidence to keep going! You also mentioned that they are self-correcting more. Awesome! Good readers do this. Those who are just word calling don't have the comprehension to even know what needs to be corrected and why. You are doing something right with these kids! Keep it up!! You are not crazy to think that you are seeing improvements. Every day I have to remind myself that it is my job to take my kids as far as I can take them in the short amount of time that I have them. I am constantly employing the help of any and all teaching assistants that come in and out of my room to pull kids one at a time and give them special attention. It helps, even though they only take small steps. I'm positive that the teacher these kids get next year will criticize me for the job I've done. She always does. However, in my heart I know that I'm doing what is best for these kids and providing a loving and nurturing environment where they feel they can take risks and be sure that I'll love them even if they aren't perfect. Why would I expect that when I'm certainly not!! Enjoy your class.