Ok, a little background first. I'm a Jr. and Sr. High special ed teacher. This is my first year at this age range; I previously have taught primary elementary. I have spent a lot of time working at the high school level as a paraprofessional but I was working with students with multiple disabilities who were much lower functioning that the kids I see now. So, I know some of the behavior issues I'm having can be attributed to working with special needs students, but I was wondering if it's typical to see the types of behavior that I'm seeing. Just today (and it's only 10:30 ) I've dealt with tattling, spitting, kicking, refusal to work, swearing, walking out of the room without permission, all sorts of fun things. Not to mention that in my first class 60% of the kids either "forgot" to bring their homework or flat out let me know that they didn't get it done. And no, I'm not working with EBD kids. All of my students have learning disabilities or health issues, such as ADHD. I feel like a failure and really need some encouragement. The only good thing about this is that I'm not the only one seeing this type of behavior. I've spoken to many gen ed teachers in the school who are having the same problems that I am. I guess I was hoping that jumping up to a secondary setting would mean the students were a little more mature. My first and second graders from last year behaved better than these guys. Is this normal??