I have been teaching in Special Education for ten years now. Even at my first job I had significant difficulty with classroom management. It was a Resource Class of about 9 boys and 4 girls (7th and 8th grade). I felt helpless when they refused to do work, talked and laughed amongst each other, major disrespect and disregard to me. Anyway, as a male, I think I began to take this as a hit to my ego - I mean, why couldn't a full-grown man manage these little kids? And, also as a male I think, I refused to reach out for help. Again, I "should" know this stuff!! It became a year from Hell and I was not re-elected at that job. And I continued this pattern unfortunately. Anyway, here I am and I am "starting over" with my teaching approach. Not exactly where to turn, but I know I need to reach out......I need help.