I have a class that is filled with wonderful students, and about five boys who are progressively getting worse. They don't respond at all to losing recess, visiting the principal, discussions with parents. One of them tells me he likes getting in trouble and if he's supposed to miss recess, he runs out of the room off to the field. I've tried upping the positive reinforcement. That's great for the good kids who continually get rewards, but the ones who misbehave just don't seem to care one way or the other and they're making it more difficult for everyone else. If it was one kid acting out, I could move him away and kind of ignore it, but five of them at the same time make it very difficult to give lessons. Then I have one girl who has the most unpleasant personality I've ever seen in a first grader. You'd think she was a snarly middle-schooler. She told me today that everyone is bad because they all hate me. Big gasp from the rest of the class. Ugh... I'd think it was me, but their kindergarten teachers have told me that the behaviors are in line with what they saw last year, and every other teacher is just saying it's the time of year and they're all seeing the same thing. I've never ever had so much difficulty. This is a class that I took as a long term sub for a maternity leave. Fortunately it's only lasting a few weeks more, but I'm very concerned about giving this class back in the state they're in. I also wanted to ask for a letter of recommendation from the principal, but there have already been so many run-ins from kids in my class with her, that I'm afraid it's reflecting very badly on me. Honestly...today I'm just ready to cry.