I am currently doing a teaching fellowship, teaching summer school at a Charter School in my hometown. All of my groups are great except for my math group which is mostly middle schoolers, plus a few really smart 4th graders. Theres one really intelligent, manipulative student who somehow always manages to confound me. He is super smart but can be a bully to his fellow students and never stops talking. Ive already hideously failed as a teacher and am thinking of quitting to be honest. A nickname for a boy named Carter I have is coach Carter. At one point I accidentally called a girl who was sitting in his spot "Coach Carter" because I wasnt looking. This boy I mentioned above I guess thought that was hilarious and used that as a springboard to bully the girl super bad and he would undercut every attempt I made to correct him with basically gaslighting me and stating I started the bullying. Anyhow I tried to be punitive because I hate bullying, but the administrators only let me give him a lunch detention. Anyhow he bullied the girl out of summer school over the course of the few weeks of school. In general him and 2 other girls have nothing but contempt for me. I have to do so much just ot get them to do their work and they constantly just chat. Im moving their seats tomorrow to prevent that, but ultimately the kids just dont respect me. In some part this is due to my demeanor and voice. I come off very gay (and I am gay) and this is a constant source of mockery. Ive beefed up my tone and presentation a bit but the kids still continue on that track. I really dont know what to do to get them to knock it off. My administrators are super against the idea of "giving up on anybody" but its frankly such that a few of my students are holding everybody back out of sheer spite and nastiness Maybe im not fit at all to be a teacher, maybe its administration. IDK. Maybe I ought to quit. What were your first few weeks teaching like?