I don't teach. And I'm sick of it. I monitor behavior. I'm nearing a break down point, and we are only 23 days into the school year. Background: These kids are bad. There are about 6 kids who set the rest of the grade level off. There are another 10-15 who are not angels and would be considered difficult in a normal classroom. The rest are completely manageable. (66 split between two classes.) I keep getting told that they are better this year than they were last year. I can't imagine it. One of their teachers ended up having a stroke last year. My P avoids dealing with them. Our district used to be K-2, 3-8, 9-12. They went to K-6 and 7-12 last year, closing a building. My P used to be at the K-2 school. She's even said to me she was so happy to send them to 3rd grade. She got them back last year and doesn't seem to happy about it. We have a Dean who does behavior. He seems to play favorites- some get away with everything. He is friends with one of my worst kid's parents, so they get away with murder. In the last 5 school days, I've had 5 different kids suspended, all for 2-3 days. In my 7 previous years, I've only had a suspended kid once. One child is on their third suspension of the year!! Two more are on their second. Problem: My kids have a really hard time with math. I can't work in groups or even answer a question 1:1 with a kid. If I take my eye off of the class for a second, it erupts. Today, I'm trying to help a kid. I was speaking with them for less than 60 seconds, and 6 kids are out of their seats all the way across the classroom and one of them is chasing someone with a tack they found in the hallway. Tack child was sent out and is suspended (he was trying to poke their eye!). I feel so terrible for my students because I can't sit and work with them. If I watch them (by watch, I mean stare), they at least stay in their seats. They may be bothering people around them, but they are sitting in their seats. After the tack child was sent out, a few minutes later I began to try and help someone- again a half dozen kids are now wandering the room. They know what is expected of them. I even typed up every routine, procedure and rule and went over it. I quizzed them on it and they all did well. They know what to do, but they refuse to do it. If I ask any of them to model behavior, they do it. But they don't do it any other time. We have repeated things over and over and over and over. They can do it when we practice. When it is time to do it, they fall apart. It is not fair to my kids who try so hard every day to be in this environment. I feel terrible, but I can't help them. I finally told them that they'll have to try their best for the last 10 minutes of class, because I had to monitor the class. It is coming down to safety and order vs. teaching and helping. Safety has to be the choice. I don't know what else to do with them. I have no power- I can't take away recess or do any kind of punishment. It has to come from the dean. I've read Teaching with Love and Logic three times over my career, brushing up on it this year. These strategies work for a small handful- none of my problem kids. I ask admin for help and they ignore me. When I ask in person, they say "they are better this year." I don't care if they are better! They are still terrible!! Does anyone have any suggestions? I can't take anymore of this.