Hi guys! I'm so glad I found this forum. Just to warn you, this is going to be a long one! I just started my first teaching job this past Monday in a first grade class. The school that I'm at had an overflow of first graders this year so they had to add a class and a long term sub has covered it until now. First grade is not my preferred age (I like 3rd and 4th the most) but I didn't wanna turn down a job to get my foot in the door. It is a DISASTER. The kids are a rough bunch and are constantly talking. I have tried every classroom management idea I know (and others from suggestions of other teachers) and nothing works well. It's always the worst in the afternoons. I think part of it is because I'm new so it may get better over time. The biggest problem, though, is that I was just thrown into this class with no guidance of what to do or what had been done. I'm brand new at this so a lot of it is like Greek to me. I guess it was a false assumption on my part, but I thought that someone would kind of guide me on things I needed to do and maybe even focus on when teaching. I obviously have state learning goals but it's still so much going in and I am overwhelmed. Other teachers have helped me when they can but it hasn't been enough. The sub also rearranged stuff in the classroom so much tha I am still having trouble finding things and making it my own. There are also limited supplies since it's an overflow class so I feel like I lack the materials I need to do my job. HELP! I am starting to rethink my entire career choice even though I know that's silly. I am definitely thinking that I may want to do middle or high school though, and just teach one subject so I don't have so much to worry about. I am at the end of my rope and it hasn't even been one full week.