I got 3-4 kids that drive me absolutely crazy. I consider myself incredibly patient, but these are some spoiled little kids. Spoiled to the point where it's actually annoying... like, they physically grate on you. Kid 1 has major learning issues, will finally get the help he needs next year. He walks around in my class, makes strange noises and basically interrupts my lesson every 5 seconds. Looking back, I don't know how I got through an entire school year with him in my class. Maybe though he's been at his worst these past few weeks and it's become that much more noticeable? He falls out of his chair on purpose, and hurts himself on purpose. He's a very unusual boy who has major emotional issues. I have spoken with the parents and he's starting to get the help he needs. Kid 2 is a spoiled rotten girl that just grates on me. I started out genuinely loving her, but around March I finally had my fill. She can be very inconsiderate, downright ungrateful and hardly ever does her work. She cries whenever she has to do... *gasp* work. It's really become frustrating. It's hard to teach with joy when she cries and complains that she doesn't want to do the work. It just brings me down, brings down the whole class, and she's constantly in dramatic tears. Every little thing must go her way or she's going to throw a hissy fit. Gosh, I wonder how she will survive in 2nd grade. Of course, I've had to bite my tongue countless times... but I seriously cannot wait until she moves on. I'll spare kid 3 and kid 4, because I don't want to seem like I'm over complaining. Sigh. I understand every year has its tough kids, but I know next year can't be any worse. Even my boss agreed that for my first year, I got the roughest class possible. Next year, with a year under my belt and sweeter "better adjusted" kids, will be night and day compared to some of the kids I have now. I enjoyed coming to work August-March-ish. But April through especially now, I feel like I've been crawling to the finish line. This past week in particular, has been very frustrating. The kids just seem crazy. My 4 kids gets everyone else riled up. It's hard to teach. I probably wasn't consistent enough with my discipline early on, and didn't have the structure in place that I needed. I know it's also partly my fault. The 1st year is such a mad scientist experiment. Anyone else feeling like they're a bit burned out, or eager to be finished with a certain student? Sorry, I'm usually more positive than this. It's been a long year! I know next year will be better. I will see to it! It starts with the summer planning, and then a firm hand on classroom management teaching procedures!