I am so frustrated and beyond ideas of what to do with my students, I need any advice I can get. Somewhere along the lines, my students have been taught that they are on the same level as their teacher. They think that they can say what they want, when they want to figures of authority. And quite honestly, I have gotten so frustrated with it, that the kids have seen my anger, which I think might be making things worse. They switch classes, I have one class of fifth graders and one class of sixth graders. The other teacher that they see doesn't always make that distinction between friend and teacher. It is a small school with only one class per grade level and I think that it has been this way with several teachers on the way up. Besides them yelling at me, slamming their desks/chairs, smacking their lips at me when I tell them something that they don't like, they also go as far as making comments to me that they think I would laugh at. For example, I wear my hair flipped out and one day when I walked into breakfast, two boys said "We have a comb in our bag if you need it." Or last Monday when a couple of boys told me that if I cut my hair any shorter I will look like a man. We went on a field trip last week and simply telling a student to stop kicking another student caused him to start huffing and puffing and called me stupid. The parents are unsupportive, I can tell by the tone I get daily that it is the norm for them at school, home, etc... I seriously don't know what to do and feel like I will end up blowing very soon. I never thought it would happen, but I have turned into a yeller during these disrespectful situations, but all I really want to do is cry! I know that I do need to move down to a lower grade level, but I need help getting through the year!