Last year, I took a job mid year teaching 5th grade after student teaching and had a rough year. The students had a hard time listening, couldn't keep their hands to themselves, basically wanted to mess around all day and do everything BUT learn! I chalked it up to me coming mid year and finally got them to follow my rules enough to get the things done that we needed to. I was pretty miserable all year long. Toward the end of the year, I decided that I really wanted to teach younger kids because the anger that the older kids displayed toward me along with the disrespect and irresponsibility was too much for me. My principal had reluctantly decided to let me move down to kindergarten if I wanted to, but would remind every day what a good "upper grades teacher" that I am. I decided that I must have just had a rough time because I came mid year and informed the principal that I would stick it out with the 5th grade for another year. The school system ended up deciding to keep 6th grade at the elementary school, so I now teach 5 and 6 LA and SS instead of self-contained 5th. I worried about getting the same students again, but worked my butt off all summer long, making sure I had things in place and was prepared. I was VERY excited for the school year to start. I spent 3 weeks before school going in and getting things ready. Here we are now and I am beyond miserable. I get a migraine every single day. And it isn't my 6th graders....they are suprisingly angels! My fifth graders are making me crazy. I have tried many different approaches to discipline, transitions, procedures, etc... I just don't know what to do, but the time that is spent with them is absolute chaos and little to nothing gets truly TAUGHT. It is to the point that I resent them so much that I don't even want to deal with them. Their behaviors are unacceptable, and they use the excuse every single time that their class should be separated (there are 21 of them in there and from 3rd grade until now, they were separated into 2 different classes, but now there are less students than before leaving no need for the extra class). The students at this school have always been given in to when they have a problem with someone, by beiing separated rather than taught how to deal with the problem. Not only are the behaviors attrocious, I truly feel like I don't know what I am doing. I am the ONLY teacher in the school that teaches the grades/subjects that I do and being a "first year teacher" it is tough to figure out on my own. I have only 90 minutes to teach the LA block (all areas of literacy) and I don't feel like I have enough time. The migraines start on my drive to school and don't go away until I lay down for an hour after school. I cannot live like this! My family is suffering because of it and it just isn't fair. I know this was long, but I really needed to vent and get some advice/strategies/anything that anyone can provide! Thanks!