It seems to be that way according to my coworkers. Today was my worst day on record. I have 21 kids and I sent home notes with 14 of them for their behavior. I'm at my wits end with them. They won't stop talking and no punishment is working. I am limited in what I can do. I've sent notes home, I've sent them out of the room to our "behavior specialist" but I'm not allowed to send more than 2 kids to her unless it's like a 5 kid fight, and I can send them to the counselor but that's like a 30 minute waste of time because they don't care. I really have nothing I can do to punish them other than parent contact. Nothing else phases them and the fact that most of my parents never call me back or sign the notes tells me that probably isn't working either. I tell them to do something, they turn around and do what they want. I tell them to stop talking, they stop for 10 seconds and then keep on going like I'm an idiot. I have 5 kids that are failing because they are flat out refusing to do homework, AR, or a lot of our lessons. They're turning in shoddy half-completed work and won't fix it if I point it out. I would feel worse except all my veteran colleagues say their classes are doing it too so it must be a "generational thing" that the kids are rude and disrespectful. I had two girls get in trouble at recess (we were inside watching a movie due to the cold temp) and they were put "on the wall". They looked at the coach that got onto them and continued doing what they were doing. She had to put them on complete opposite sides of the room and they moved themselves back next to each other to talk. This is really more of a vent than anything but I would love to know if you can help me. I had a nervous breakdown today. I cried when I got home. Edit: I've been debating trying a reward system for those that are behaving properly instead of just constantly griping at the ones behaving negatively but I'm not sure how to go about that. It's a constant roller coaster of behavior. One minute Little Susie is an angel, the next minute she's screaming at her neighbor. I never have a consistently good day for any one kid.