This is yet another forum post by an overwhelmed, disgruntled first-year teacher. This next long paragraph will be a lot of venting, so if you want to know my question, please feel free to skip to the second paragraph. These past few months have been unbelievably difficult. I teach 7th and 8th grade language arts and 8th grade social studies. The students are HORRIBLE. It's at the point where I literally cannot teach. The students don't listen, arrange the desks into whatever seating they like, are unbelievably disrespectful, walk out of class as they please, and the noise level is astounding. Fights break out frequently. Moreover, in each class there's at least one student who is completely unmanagable, so even when there is a reasonable amount of disorder, this one student might decide to, say, pull out the ethernet cable from the computer and start jumping rope in the middle of class, or slam textbooks on desks and screech, or throw marbles at my head, as happened today. I have been asking everyone on my team for advice on management to little avail. One teacher, also a first year, has a similar experience: the students won't listen and she can't teach. Her solution is to give them seatwork and give instruction to smaller groups that she can manage more easily. The other teacher has left on mental health leave after she was injured by a student, and the string of subs we've had have walked out after a short time (today, for example, the same student who threw marbles at my head put a metal broom handle through one of her windows). The administration has been taking the attitude of "What's wrong with you?" and has been coming down on the teachers like a ton of bricks, due in no small part by the fact that they need to find new jobs next year because our school is closing due to low test scores. They are less than consistent in suspending students or handling students sent to the office. One student, for example, vomits at will, and we are expected to keep him in class. They threatened to fire me when I mentioned that I had students who refused to take the tests I gave them, but I had at least gotten to the point where the students would write their name on it and "I refuse to take this test" rather then simply crumpling it up and telling me that they "ain't taking no f-- test." I was given a unsatisfactory observation because the vice-principal came in to observe a class that had been shortened two days in a row unexpectedly (they're not very good about telling us we have assemblies or faculty meetings) and was therefore only a quarter of my original planned lesson. Also, frankly, my lessons aren't very good because my students can't handle teacher-led or cooperative instruction. For example, I tried bingo and board races as a more interesting way to study, but the student who won the M&M's at bingo just threw them at other students, and during board races two students beat each other bloody. Other activities have had similar endings, and now most students simply won't participate in anything other than copying notes off the board and doing individual seatwork, and I honestly don't have the energy or hope of improvement to keep planning and making elaborate lessons that have time and time again blown up in my face. Our teaching coach has been very successful with the students, as has one of the long-term subs, but both of their strategies involve being far crueler than I can legitimately (or legally) see myself being ("You can play smart with me all you like, but I know who here is repeating this grade and who went to summer school." "Don't you show me that disrespect, Miss Asallah ma-fake-um") The principal literally throws students on the floor and verbally bullies them. The vice principal suspends students for the slightest infractions against her and frequently allows herself to do things we teachers are expressly forbidden from doing. These are my only models of order. So, in short, I have lost these students. I don't know how to do the impossible feat of changing my management so that I can accomplish something, especially since so few things have thus far been successful. Nor can I live like this anymore. It's too hard on my self-esteem to try desperately to teach such unmanagable kids and yet be disciplined for my lack of control. I want to leave the school, but I don't know how this is going to affect my career. It must be a dreadful mark on my record to not complete my first year. I know that teaching is not like this everywhere, and that sticking it out until my second year will open up more options for me, but I don't see how I can hobble on until February, let alone June. What are my prospects if I leave this job mid-year, especially since this is my first year and I have no other experience?