Hello, I just need to vent. This is my second year teaching high school math, and I’m only three weeks in and I can’t stand some of my classes. My first period is great, they barely talk and they do all their work. My second period does nothing but complain. It’s to cold, its to hot….more notes…..It’s a pre-geometry class for students who have struggled with math and half the class could care less because they will never have to take geometry. So they are ruining it for the other half. I’m trying to keep the pace of the class moving as fast as possible so they don’t have time to complain. But they are so lazy they won’t even copy my work down from the board and turn it in for an easy 100%. I try calling home, but the phones are out of order. Then there is my third period. I hate them, and I hate to say it. If I turn my back they steal stuff. Markers, notebooks, pencils, etc. They stick gum on my stuff. I try watching for gum but I don’t catch it. They are a VERY weak class, and it’s Algebra One, which in my school is broken into sections and you can’t pass from one to another till you have a 77 overall in the 6 weeks. So I have all these students who have been in this section 3 to 5 times, and they are so happy that they finally have a 65 and not a 30 they are happy with it. I try to motivate them that they can do better and get the 77, but they say I have a 65, that’s great! I’ve tried calling home but I can’t get anyone or numbers are out of order. I also have a few E.C. kids in the class, and trying to help them and guide them is draining me. There’s not enough of me to help everyone, and they can’t stay after for extra help. I go into that class miserable, and I know it shows and they feed off of it. They love it. I try to be cheerful and use positive reinforcement, but that hasn’t worked. I don’t know what else to do with them. And it makes me even madder with them because they take my stuff. I want to be happy and cheerful and have everyone do great, but they students are wearing me down already. Help!