I started my new job last week. I love teaching, but I am in for a rough year. I have a class of severely emotionally disturbed children, most of whom should not be in a public school. They are defiant, rude, uncooperative and so full of anger and sadness it is unbelievable. Several have been violent. What I was told about them on my interview is much different than the reality. They CANNOT sit still. I know they cannot help it. It is almost impossible to do anything, because they are all over the place. I have some support, but not a whole lot, it seems like no one wanted this class. Most of the staff look at me with pity. The problem is that most of kids need meds and their parents refuse. The other problem is they are a volatile mix of kids who have (most) been together since K and should have been separated. I have different people telling me different things (very few helping), to the point they are overwhelming me with all of their suggestions. I literally have no time to process all of this because I am constantly on my toes with these kids. I made up some behavior plans and I am planning on dealing with all of this on a day by day basis because it seems the best way. Is this a good idea? My aide is a gem and we are determined to hang in there. I guess I just need some moral support. Btw, I worked with emotionally disturbed teens in a residential facility before this and they were angels compared to these kids. There, I had supports in place and everyone helped out-we were all resopnsible for each kid. Here, I am NOT going to have that type of support system. Example: It took 4 of us to get them to lunch the other day. During this, one teacher saw us struggling (me, the aide and 2 people who stopped to help) and just when we had them all pretty calm, this teacher tapped one on the arm and kind of high-fived him. Well, that started them all off again-hyper and jumping around like crazy. I have been given very little guidance, except for one woman who has been doing a lot for me, even though she is busy with her new position.