I was hired as a 2nd grade teacher two days before the school year began. This was my first time being a real teacher, so naturally I was excited. My kids were wonderful for the first month or so. They even recieved compliments in the hallways from other teachers. They were great! Unfortunately, starting around mid-October, things have took a dramatic turn for the worst. The students act like completely different children, now. They fight and argue so much! They act like they hate each other. It just destroys the entire atmosphere of the classroom. I've been told by the principal and the other second grade teachers that I have a difficult group. As true as that may be, I still feel like they would be much better for another teacher. What am I doing wrong? Today, I hit kind of a breaking point. I raised my voice, and I'm naturally a very soft spoken person. They just would not be cooperative during an interactive math lesson. They were blantly disrespectful. My team teachers and the principal think I'm being too nice, therefore they are running all over me. I'll describe some of the behaviors I am encountering: 1) We play sparkle before our spelling test, well the children get so hateful to one another when we play games. The children will start to argue with me about how the game isn't fair and so on. I've never had students argue that sparkle isn't fair. NEVER! I mean most children seem eager to do a fun activity. I WANT to do a fun activity, but everytime we do it just turns into a disaster. I don't want to be the teacher that spits out worksheets, but at this point I don't know how else to keep the peace. My classroom literally feels like a warzone at times, and I just don't know how to fix it. They do this during group time, too. They will fight about who's first and last. They'll get in each other's faces. It's just a sad sight, because I've never seen so much agression in children. I'm bringing this out in them, and I don't know how or why. I'm afraid my class will never get back to the way it was. I just want to be good at this, and now I'm wondering if I should even continue to teach. My principal told me I wasn't screwing this up, but I don't think she knows just how hostile my classroom is. I just want to fix it. 2) The students tattle on each other constantly, and will even yell in each other's faces at times. They just get so hateful. I've created a tattle box, but it doesn't seem to effect them much. They will write in it, but students will still call out someone who is doing something wrong. The fighting is getting unbearable at this point. There have been many a times I've pulled aside students to talk it out, and it only works for a short while. They alway go back to being hateful to each other. 3) I have one little girl who has severe add, and I try to accomodate to that. However, there are time she just won't cooperate. For example, we did an activity with the amount of pockets students had, she didn't have any. Therefore, she had to write a 0 on her post-it for 0 pockets. She got angry and said that "she didn't like the number zero." Then, she refused to do anything else in math. She's a very sensitive girl, and she has been through a lot. However, her actions are just downright defiant at times. 4) Calling out: I think this is one of the biggest problems. Students are constantly calling out tattle, which I think creates a lot of friction in the classroom. They just blurt it out, and that makes other students angry. I don't know, I think the students hate me and my class ( I know they do, because they want to move out of it.). My dream job has turned into bit of a nightmare, and I'm not sure where to start to make it better again. I think my biggest issues are consistency and routines. I was unsure of how to implement effective routines. I KNEW that would create a problem further down the road, but sometimes (even with a four year degree) I feel like I know nothing. I love teaching, but not the kind i'm encountering right now. I honestly feel like crying my eyes out on a daily basis. Plus, I'm pretty sure the parents hate me, too. So, I really have nothing going for me. I have the support of my team members and the principal, for now. However, I don't know how long that will last. I'm afraid that I'll make a mistake that will forever dent my career. Actually, I feel like I'm making it now. I guess I just came on here looking for advice. I know there are several other forums about "the struggling new teacher with horrible classroom management skills," but I thought I would throw my experience out there specifically. (I've read all of those forums about struggling new teachers, btw.) I know the first year is the hardest, but I feel like mine is just a complete disaster.