Hi everyone, this is my second year teaching. I was a cross categorical teacher for an 8th grade class. I resigned and now I work for another school district in an alternative behavior classroom. I’m teaching in mobile home behind the school building. My students are part of an alternative program. They were kicked out of the school building because of their severe behavior problems. My classroom allows the students to remain in the school district without having to pay the tuition to send them to an alternative school. Currently I have 5 students. Their grade levels range from 5-8 grade. I have old books, 4 old computers, and a white board. That’s it….so the resources are limited. The tech person said that she would install a projector over the weekend, so maybe we can watch educational videos now. The kids were in the same classroom last year so they have already read the text books. Their former teacher was a older women that stayed at her desk and only gave them worksheets. 2 of my students are at grade level and very intelligent, but they take medication and are severely emotionally disturbed. They become extremely angry sometimes. The other 3 are low, and they struggle with reading. So they are emotionally and learning disabled…and extremely immature. They talk about farts and cheese all day. Overall, I feel that my classroom management is decent. The kids like participating in class discussions, answering questions, reading aloud, etc. They do my classroom work to the best of their abilities. Occasionally students may throw a tantrum, but they go into time out, and return to normal shortly after. Sometimes student’s day dream or argue, but I easily get them back on task. As a new teacher, I feel that I am not doing a good job teaching. I’m new at this. I know that I teach special needs, but things never go smoothly. I’m a perfectionist, but there are always bloopers. Sometimes I have no clue what to say. I get discouraged when the kids throw tantrums. I wait patiently for 3 o’clock each day. It’s a new school so I’m just trying not to drown under all the pressure of learning the routines, etc. Are my feelings normal? I just need some advice and encouraging words. Thanks for reading.