I've returned to teaching after ten years of being away from the classroom. I've been a para for 2 years, but have ten years of teaching experience prior to that. I knew it would be difficult, a lot of work, and quite the learning curve. I stay late, spend hours at home and come in on the weekends. I also just got divorced a few months ago so I have a lot on my plate, emotionally and financially. Three of my kiddos this year are very challenging and absolutely draining. I am very firm in my classroom management, but they are not responding to it. I've had to call admin in for support due to chaos and disruption (backtalk, kicking things, throwing things, having fits). My other students are wonderful, very respectful and are learning, but I absolutely hate coming to work everyday. I have cried several times at work, not to mention the countless times at home. I feel completely unsuccessful, a loser teacher, and find no joy in my profession. However, I have to work full-time. I'd love to get a masters and be a reading interventionist, but I can't afford that. My question is...how can I change my mindset to make it through the year without going beyond burnout...because I'm already there and am slowly turning to ash!