This is my second week teaching 5th grade language arts and I am so overwhelmed, I don't know what to do! I got hired five days before school started so that definitely adds to my stress.... I do my best each day, but I still feel incompetent and like I don't know what I'm doing. I don't want my students to know that, but I feel as if they might. I guess I'll start with classroom management. I always make sure they have books to read or a journal entry to do as soon as they enter the classroom so they are immediately occupied. I've made them aware of my expectations and I give out 'checkmarks' (which is part of a school wide discipline plan) and I still get kids who don't behave. I've moved seats and they continue to talk instead of listen to directions. A few are nonstop talkers, talking over me or listening only for about five seconds when I tell them to stop talking. Then they are right back at it. Then I have had one or two students question 'why' when I ask them to do an assignment, which to me seems rude to ask me as I am the teacher? I had a student today who had 20 minutes to right a short paragraph and didn't write a thing because he didn't know what to write about. It's crazy! t don't know how to get them to listen to me and take me seriously! My classroom feels like a zoo sometimes and I hate it. Then there's the actual lesson planning part. I do 5th grade Reading Street and it's so confusing to me. All the other 5th grade teachers are helpful, but they all do the program so differently. Today I introduced the unit and tomorrow am teaching plot and character. After that, not a clue. today I tried introducing an independent reading program and the kids seemed clueless even though I spent almost an entire period explaining it. I'm working day by day which means sometimes I'm working 12 hours a day between school and home. I feel like I can't do it on top of everything else I'm trying to learn like the grade book, and the attendance system, and other school policies. Then, I know this is even more crazy, but I'm getting married in October and this is breaking me down. I feel like giving up. I wake up each day thinking 'make it through today'. Will this ever get better??