I am teaching 1st grade in the inner city of New York. I'm a first year teacher and am in over my head. I student-taught upper elemenary and middle school and never wanted to teach younger kids but took the job anyway for experience. The first graders are loud, needy, talkative, disruptive, and I feel as though I won't get a hold on this. Yes, I want the best for them abut I am so overwhelmed and exhausted at times. Sure, I have days that are better than others, but I just feel as though this is consuming my life. Friends my age (mid 20s) are going out and having fun, and I am at school until 7pm every night. I feel like an old man at the age of 25. I no longer date, go out with friends, or anything. Weekends are a time for resting and catching up on sleep. I have no desire to go out or anything. Anyone else put their life completely on hold during first year? Is this normal? I have time for nothing and am drained!