I'm thinking of leaving. The students seem to behave better for other teachers but not for me, so I feel like it must be my classroom management skills that are the problem. I have tried several techniques- read Harry Wong's ideas about procedures and practiced them, rewards and punishments, taking away recess, gym, calling parents on the spot, etc. I had to put one student out three times today because she was attacking other students. Other teachers come around and the kids straighten up, but as soon as they leave they go right back to what they were doing. I can't even take them to the bathroom because they talk, argue and disrupt other classes. I have gotten tough, but I guess I just don't have that edge to make them "afraid" of me or respect me. I don't want to go to work in the morning, and yet I stay until 6:00 some days trying to get a handle on things. I think that leaving at this time of the year would be better than waiting and letting everyone get more attached. I was gone for a training and when I came back the sub said she had no problems. I've NEVER had a day with no problems. I taught another grade level for two years and did not have the same issues. It is possible to get a job at my previous grade level in the near future and I'm thinking of applying. I just think my kids would be better off with someone who is able to make them behave and do work rather than potentially wasting the year because of my own deficiencies.