I'd appreciate any advice that you all could give! I started a a new high school at the end of October. My classes have been through two teachers (who both quit) and several subs. Even though I have experience teaching in an inner-city school, it has still been very rough. My main problem is with motivation--over 90% of my students are failing after 4 weeks. A secondary problem is with behavior--many students are rude, talk back, make fun of me, and are generally argumentative. I think I'm doing the "right" things in class--creative assignments, cooperative learning groups, wait time, etc. I've never had so many problems with so many students before! About two weeks in, I had had enough and thought about quitting. My administrators came in and tried to fix the problem, but it has continued. I'm wary of asking for more help because I've already been labelled as a "problem" and I don't want to be put on probation. However, I also don't want to have a nervous breakdown, or be forced to quit without any backup. I have asked a couple veteran teachers in my building who I trust and they basically say, "Oh, that's the way that class is," or "Just fail them then." But that isn't helping my mental health!