I need a lot of help with this issue. I have a problem with students throwing things. I know that if I write up a student for throwing things, that may get a verbal warning and it may not even sound that serious if it is a small paper ball because the implication is that a paper ball "does not hurt that much" and another implication is that "there are too many students for this and that" that everything must be kept in the classroom. If I see people throw stuff like pennies or pencils, broken or not, they are probably considered more serious. A few students are even throwing stuff at me (behind my back). I've tried to setup the room and my computer so that my back is not turned. It seems ridiculous I even have to concern myself with this. It is more common in at least two schools in this district for students to throw things at each other, but at the teacher not so much. I now work hard not to keep my back completely turned, which helps. It is very sick that I have to do this though. I also have issues with racial prejudice, my voice sounds funny to the students and too monotone to a few (but not to everyone, especially when I'm thinking about and trying not to speak monotone), and maybe other things I cannot think of. I've been making calls good and bad when I can, trying to consider appropriate timing, talking to students 1-1 sometimes asking to talk with them just outside the door for one minute (but still looking in), or going up to them 1-1. I know the students like it when I go up to them 1-1 rather than answer in front of the whole class, and they don't make as big a deal when I answer in front of the whole class if they ask me something in front of the whole class first. I have attended as many football games as I could, stood out in a positive way with spirit at their home coming game, and slowly try to relate to more students if I find out their skills/interests are in chess or Scrabble particularly. Hopefully my organization of a trip to the African American museum and an MLK Day Festival will all pan out well. They both have been approved by the principal already, and I have as many details as possible for both events. I'm worn out from my job, my family complaining out stupid things like how I'm not doing a good enough job keeping my place in more perfect order, and never feel like I have enough time to figure out and put things altogether. Any help you think you can give is appreciated. Thank you.