My school has some HUGE behavior problems. In every grade level there are students with extremely severe issues who in other districts would likely be in a self-contained EBD classroom. Kids that throw around things and try to destroy rooms on at least a weekly basis, bite/hit/kick other children, run out of the classroom, just start screaming for no reason, etc. I was fortunate that my student like that moved towards the beginning of the year. I now have a wonderfully behaved class. I really just lucked into probably the "best" class in the school. The specials teachers talk about how much they love when my class comes in. The 2nd grade teachers talk about how much they miss them. On my evaulation my P went on and on about how my kids were the "most engaged" (her BIG thing this year) she'd seen in any classroom yet. The thing is, they're just naturally well behaved students who pay attention and do the activities I ask anyway. My biggest problem is a student with ADHD, which is nothing compared to other issues in the school, and aside from him the rest of my class rarely needs any type of discipline. I'm not doing anything special for them. Meanwhile, other teachers who still have students with severe issues in their classrooms are getting "blamed" for how these students are acting in their classes. One 5th grade teacher has FOUR such students in her class. The entire building knows she has the toughest class. The police have even been called a few times. Yet she constantly gets horrible evaluations and walkthroughs due to the students' behavior/lack of engagement. I think this is incredibly unfair. At what point does the student have to take some responsibility for their own behavior? At what point is it possible to say that a student is simply choosing not to pay attention or participate? I may have lucked out this year, but I've seen our 2nd graders...it won't happen again! Is it typical for all teachers to be rated on an "even playing field" even when someone has a "rough" class?