This is my 5th year teaching art in NYC public schools but my first in middle school. I never really had a problem with classroom management in elementary school as they were easily controlled. Middle school is a completely different animal. I come home so stressed, depressed and feel like crying because of the way these students treat me. It’s makes me want to quit. On the first day I was being bullied and challenged by a handful of students. They would call me names, refuse to listen, refuse to do their work and would try walking out of the classroom in the middle of class. I am a shorter person at 5' 6" and some of these kids are taller and bigger than me. I feel like I am in a losing battle as the days go on and i'm not sure how I am going to make it through this year. I have 5 classes 1 of which is 6th grade and the rest are 8th grade with an average of 30 students. The 6th grade class is fantastic as they listen and do their work. It's the 8th grade classes that are giving me trouble one of which is special needs. There are some good student in those 8th grade classes but some are giving into the peer pressure and are starting to act up and verbally attack me as well. I have already called 15 parents but things still aren’t getting resolved. I am tired of getting attitudes from student every day who don’t want to let me teach. There has to be thing that I can do to control these students. If anyone has any suggestions I sure could use them right now. I am keeping daily logs of things that go on just to cover myself and have info on daily occurrences. I feel like if I threaten them they will just retaliate back or simply not care. When the guidance counselor came in my classroom to talk to them they were all quiet and attentive. Why can't they do that for me? She is the same size and had the same voice level as I do. All she did was tell them to quiet down. I just want to run back to elementary school but I am committed to a year of this and I want to get through it. I have never felt do disrespected in my life.