I teach all day kindergarten in a high poverty area. This year has been a tough one for us. I started the year with 33 students. Our contract states that we need to make a new section at that point, but it took over a month to get someone hired and move some students over. That teacher quit after 4 days and there were day to day subs for another month. My teaching partner and I worked our butts off during that time to make sure there was work in there for the students, cleaning the room every day, and communicating with the parents of those parents and it definitely took a toll on us. It took until mid-November to finally settle and officially start our own routines. On to my current problems....out of my 24 students I have 7 who are major behavior problems. There are multiple meltdowns daily of students screaming at me, destroying my classroom, outright telling me they won't do what I tell them and "you can't make me do it". Along with arguing with me they are arguing with each other constantly, shoving, kicking, scratching, and spitting on each other. Administration has been notified. Parents are spoken with daily. Other teachers in my building have been asked for advice. All anyone tells me is, "I don't know how you do it", but no solutions are offered. I realize I can't control parents, and I can't make these children perfect but I'm just looking for some tips on how to get through this year. I have little that I can hold over these students (lost recess, reminding them they won't make it to our monthly PBIS party if they don't change their behavior, calling parents....), and they don't seem to care about those things. Ignoring doesn't work either with other impressionable young minds who see this behavior and immediately start copying it. I'm just feeling like a complete failure (even though common sense tells me there is only so much I can do) and am seriously leaving the profession (which is devastating because this is something I have always wanted to do). Thanks in advance!