Ugh, I'm so frustrated. I teach self-contained special ed elementary. My students are high needs and need absolutely everything modeled for them. My biggest problem is I have no board to write on. There is no chalkboard or whiteboard in the room other than a small easel that is only about 4 feet high. I do have a Smartboard, but it doesn't work! Supposedly, there's a missing cable that needs to be replaced and then it will be usable. As of now, I use my tiny easel because I have no choice, but it's so annoying. Most of them can hardly see it at all because it's too low to the floor. Plus, it's so small that I can't write much on it. I have mentioned this to my vice-principal several times. I keep getting the exact same "Oh yeah, I'll look into that" response. How many times can I ask without being seen as a pest? I'm a new teacher there and I don't want to come off as difficult but my situation makes it extremely difficult to teach effectively. I'm not even taking into account how much I could incorporate Smartboard applications and learning tools into my lessons. At this point, I'm just desperate for something to write on that my students can see. Should I keep pestering him? I kind of want to bring this up to my principal in some way that doesn't sound like I'm accusing the vice principal of inaction. Like just a passing statement like "Things are going well, but I'm looking forward to the Smartboard getting fixed so I can have something to write on that the kids can see." Or should I just suck it up and keep my mouth shut?