I have had enough of this school year. This is the hardest school year I have had...even harder than my first year as a teacher. I don't want to make it sound like no one else has it hard. I am just looking for some advice on getting through. I always get some great advice here. I work in a private special ed. high school. I teach 7 history classes in 5 periods (I teach US1 and US2 at the same time twice a day). The classroom aide I am supposed to have with me those two periods has been taken away. I am now trying to teach both subjects at once and am not having an easy time of it. My students have a very hard time working independently. I also have a 80 minute Wilson Reading Class (if you teach Wilson you know you have to write a new plan each day). Here is what made me reach my breaking point. I had a student in tears today because I couldn't help her until I was finished with what I was currently doing (I was teaching a lesson to a student in the other class at the time). The student I was working with was frustrated because she was not able to concentrate because of the class of students does not work well independently. If I had my classroom aide they would have been working with the other class. If I taught one class at a time I would be available to help that student. I admit I was a tad hard on the student when I said that I would be with her when I was finished and to try her best. Why was I harsh? Because I am as frustrated with the situation as they are and I couldn't hide it. When you are teaching two different topics to two different groups in a classroom that is half the size of a normal classroom and each student has a problem focusing when there are no distractions it can frustrating for everyone. I feel so horrible that these students are not getting the education that they are used to from me. My new normal is coming home from work and crying. Today I actually had to get someone to cover the class after the one above because I needed a minute to cry over it in the bathroom. I just don't know how to get through the school days anymore.