One of the things I've really started to appreciate about older teachers is how they're still able to be patient with students after 20 or 30 years of teaching the same material. After only five years, I'm already starting to assume they should know things, even though they've never been formally taught before. Each year my expectations are higher, because I expect students to walk into my room with all the knowledge I have learned over the past five years...when often times they're in the exact same place my students were in year one. I think it's good I continue to raise my mental standards each year, especially for myself...but it's important to remember that I have to meet students where they are. Otherwise, no one is happy.
That being said, project presentations started today and, after readjusting my thinking, I'm impressed with what I've seen. They're learning and making meaningful strides...and that's really all you can hope for sometimes.