I'm really hoping to get some feedback, help and support here. I'm simply overwhelmed and feel like my head is spinning! I'm not a new teacher, but feel like it right now. Actually, I feel worse than when I was brand new! At least when I was brand new, the district gave me a mentor teacher to help me, which was so amazing and wonderful! I didn't feel so alone, and everyone realized I was new, so I didn't feel a ton of pressure. Anyway, I've taught Resource grades K-6 for the past 4 years. I've always enjoyed my job, and done really well. I've always had confidence in what I did, and other than a few nerves because of a stressful group or difficult IEP at times, I have been a happy camper! This year is totally different. Because of budget cuts in my district, I was "bumped" from my resource position by someone with more years in the district. (Last year was my first in this district-I was with another district for several years.) I ended up moving to a middle school and taking a 6-8th grade self-contained, mild/moderate disabilities teaching position. At first I was so thankful to still have a job and be in the same district, that I didn't think too much about the details and worries that might come later. Well, now that school is starting in less than a week, and teachers report back in a few days for inservice training, I'm freaking out. I haven't slept well in days, I've been crying and just totally overwhelmed. I'm nervous to be at a new school. It's huge! I'm used to my little elementary site, and this is just an overwhelming place! Besides the principal, there are several AP's, counselors, many secretaries, and lots of other people I don't even remember now! The thought of learning all the procedures and meeting this huge staff and understanding how things work makes my head spin. Also, my room is a dirty, old mess and I don't have all the things I need. I don't know how to plan or what to do with these kids all day! In resource they come in for a little bit, and then they go back to their gen. ed. teachers. I think the idea of having them all day and not knowing what to do or how to run my class without running out of work for them is scaring me the most. I've gotten a few great ideas on here in answer to some questions, but I still feel lost! I can't help but feel that I will be totally unprepared on the first day of school, and the kids are going to know. I'm worried about behavior issues that may come up, who my aide will be, and a million other things! I don't even have a class list yet or know how many kiddos I will have in my room yet! Anyway, I guess I just want to know if anyone else has ever felt this way, or if there is something wrong with me! I am so upset with myself for letting myself be such a downer, but I can't shake this nervousness and uneasiness I feel about everything! A new school and new level may just be too much. Anyone have any thoughts or words of wisdom, or who can relate to how I'm feeling?? Thanks in advance!