I need some serious advice. Just as a background, I am a first year teacher in first grade. I have had an absolutely awful year. I am in a Title I rural school in a classroom of 30 students with no aide. 30 students is a handful as it is for 1st grade, but on top of that, we have a lot of severe behavioral issues. Hitting, physical fights daily. Children just don't know how to behave - the class is really out of control .. constant calling out, running around the room, throwing things.. it is hard to even teach. A student beat me up and gave me a large bump on my head and nothing was done about it from the Principal! It is difficult because I have little support from the Principal. At first I thought I had bad classroom management, but their Kindergarten teacher last year who has been teachign for 25 years had the same problem. Our school's teacher of the year was supposed to get this class this year, but she switched to another grade level because she REFUSED to teach my group of students. When I was absent one day, they had a sub and 3 teachers in the school in the classroom at one time and they could not control the class. This whole year has been awful. I contemplated quitting several times mid year, it has seriously affected my mental health, and it has seriously made me question whether or not I want to quit teaching all together. Anyway, I decided I was going to stick it out this year, but I am really worried about next year. Our school district is having a lot of issues. We are a very poor district and we are shutting down 2 (or possibly 3) elementary schools next year in our district. With that said, the Kindergarteners at my school are in 2 classes - 17 students in each class. Instead of keeping them 17 to a class next year for first grade, they are thinking of combining the classes next year.. which would give me 34 students in my class next year!! That is just WAY too many. I already decided that if they separated the classes and gave me 17 in my class that I would probably stay. But with the schools shutting down, there is a very good chance I will get 34 students. I just don't know if I can handle that. I really want to teach middle school math, so I figured that if they were going to give me that many students that I would take the year to get certified in MS math and quit. However, my parents are very unsupportive of that and told me how angry they would be with me if I gave up this job with a good salary and benefits to just quit. I am of course job searching, but I know with budget cuts there will be a veyr good chance that I won't find another job. I know the economy is awful, but I just don't know if I could take another year like I had this year. 30 was bad.. now 34? Any thoughts of what I should do?