Hi. I am extremely frustrated and ready to quit my teaching position. I teach in an 8:1:1 self-contained classroom. This is my 2nd year in this school. I have also taught at the day treatment level for 5 years. I have some extremely difficult students in my classroom. I have 1 student who is bi-polar and very unpredictable with his behavior. Due to this, 2 of my other students constantly would try to beat him up. I was relying on the support of our principal. Well she came down to assist when needed, but spoke to me because she felt I was calling her too much. But things would get out of hand. I do have some behavior management strategies in my classroom. Students can earn stamps for treats or paper certificates. They can earn group rewards as well. I make positive phone calls home as well. However, I was getting the heat about who should deal with the students' behavior. Sometimes my Para and I felt like security personnel. Some of these issues have subsided. Now I am getting the heat because it is felt I am not doing enough curriculum in the areas of social studies and science. I have been focusing on writing, reading, and math because these are the basics that my students have not mastered. I did some social studies and science. But I feel my classroom schedule is so packed. I am expected to teach 3 grade levels of curriculum. I have 3rd-5th grade in my classroom. I am only allotted 30 minutes of planning time a day. I looked over the curriculum for the 3 grade levels of social studies and the only topic that is a commonality is government. I spend a lot of my own time planning at home and developing my own activity sheets as well to go along with lessons. Now I need to revamp my entire schedule and I shared this with my principal as well. My students need to have some recess times during the day. Think of how it might be with 4 out of 5 students with ADHD and sitting at their desks all day without moving around. My break person will not even allow my students to have free time activities because she has a difficult time with them, so I have to provide a packet of activities at their desks to complete too! I have to integrate some type of recess time for them. Maybe some think this is not necessary, but I have all boys and 1 girl and they need to move around and time to release their energy or they get very irritable and edgy. Hence we have behavior problems!! Suggestions anyone?? Thank you.