Hey, everyone. I have been reading the forums for awhile, but I just joined. I was lucky enough to get a job in this economy - a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade resource room teacher at a charter school. It is good pay and everything was great until I actually got IN the classroom.. it has been nothing but problems since then. - I have 9 kids in the classroom at a time, BY MYSELF. With no aide. A lot of these kids have behavior problems/need constant help and attention and I can just not give it to them if it is only me in the classroom! I have 4th graders and 6th graders in my room at the same time. One of my 4th graders is reading on a Pre-K level, and my 6th graders read on level. I can't do centers because no one can be left alone, but I can't work with them all at the same time! The levels/content/behaviors are too much for that. - My school doesn't have a curriculum, so I am pretty much just expected to make everything up off the top of my head. Because I have so many levels, I have to make a bazillion lesson plans per day and nothing goes as planned and I need to make tests and homework and I am so overwhelmed! I am at my wits end. It is my second week on the job and I want to quit. I am willing to put in hard work, but I am getting no support from my school and I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any advice for me? Am I incompetent, or am I being taken advantage of? I don't think it is normal to have that many kids in a small room with one teacher.. especially when some of my kids can not read or write and others are on grade level! PLEASE HELP ME!! How can I get my act together? I want to survive the year but at the rate I am going, it's not looking good..