Hi everyone! I am new here and am posting for a bit of advice. I graduated from college about four years ago with a dual certification in both general and special ed birth-6th grade. I was subbing up until this past school year when I finally decided that I needed to move out of state to find a job or just find something else to do with my life. Thanks to a very dear friend of mine I was able to land a postion as a self-contained Special Ed teacher in another state. I am definitely grateful to have a job finally and I feel comfortable in both general or Special ed. What I am having difficulty with is how the Special Ed department is ran in my district. I started the year off with four boys, grades 3-5. It was great! All of a sudden halfway through the year I am up to NINE boys and the spread is from K-5th grade. I do not believe that it is developmentally appropriate to put a 5 year old who is on the same social level as a 2 yr old in the same class as an 11 yr old. Not only do I have the age spread, but my room is cross categorical and encompasses any and all areas of exceptionality. In my room now I have three ED (we are talking regular furniture throwers) one diagnosed with autism, two or three others that have tendencies plus ADHD, and then I have two that are just low functioning. The only classroom support my students get is myself and one TA. I feel like the place is a zoo! All my classroom management seems to have gone out the window because there is just too much going on. My ED students are demmanding all my attention lately with their behaviors and making it impossible to give my help to the students who need the academics. I do not get any prep time during the day and I am beginning to feel myself sinking. Does anyone have any advice for me? I have already tried talking to my principal and our head of Special Ed and I was kind of told that this is the way it is. They pretty much laughed at me when I approached them about getting me an additional TA. I really feel like my students are not benefiting from being in my room which frustrates me. Everyone in my building has made it clear that they are impressed with how I am handling the classroom, but at this rate I don't know if I can make it to June!