Hi all, I am so frustrated. I guess I just need to rant for a second, but also any advice would be helpful! My classroom frequently has up to 20 kids. Some are "mine" and some are overflow kids from other rooms. I can have ages 3-6, which is a huge range. When it's just my kids, they are quite good, but still a handful. When I have the other kids, they go crazy. Seriously. Today started off bad and just got worse. I totally lost control of them all multiple times. The older kids make the younger ones misbehave, especially at nap time, when the older kids just don't sleep. Administration seems to want to dodge me any time there is a moment when I could bring up these issues. I don't think they are willing to do anything to help. I am SO frustrated, because I want to be a good teacher, and I feel like I am pouring my heart into this class, and it's like going one step forward four steps back. To add insult to injury, I get paid little more than minimum wage. How anyone expects to have this be a quality industry with teachers that stay in their jobs is beyond me. I will be out ASAP and get a teacher's salary once I get my certification, which breaks my heart in a way, because they are good kids and they deserve the best. Anyway... I don't even know what to ask you all because I am just frustrated. I have read a lot of books and forums and articles and know what I "should" be doing, but have a hard time implementing it with this group. I do have one assistant. If you have 5 kids that are listening, and 15 kids running around screaming (literally), what would you do to regain control of the classroom? If I stop and get a couple of kids back on task, the others run wild, and then when I get to the next two to help, the first two have started to run around with the rest again. I really don't like bribery but it's what the other classes use. I am trying not to have a prize box but maybe I should? Besides being against it, I don't think that the school would pay for prizes, and I am also against spending my own money on that kind of stuff when I get paid so little.