I have been on Spring Break for 2 weeks. I go back on Monday. I have been teaching 3 months at a high school. I teach 9th grade students Earth Science and Physical Science. The administration told me that there is no such thing as a disruptive student and that any behavior problems are caused by my lack of skills. True enough to a point. I took my 160 kids from swearing, yelling, throwing things across the room and failing class to about 4 kids in each class that still do those things and about 5 kids in each class of 30 that are failing. I am terrified to back on Monday. I'm already shaking. I never felt this way about school before. I used to enjoy working with kids. Now I just dread it. I don't know what to do with my kids. I have one girl so out of control that every day it's a challenge to even talk to her. She was written up for insubordination once already. One young man constantly talks out, he is either suspended or in school suspended, so no one has been able to reach him. I think he is brilliant but bored. Yet, he is a huge disruption. Monday is going to be a zoo, if I let it. I was planning on meeting them at the door and having them write 10 things they did over Spring Break quietly (school apropriate). Then having everyone trade papers and then reading one response from each paper. Then we can get to the science. I was also going to bring my digital camera and take pictures of the kids that work well and put them on my screen saver. I also need a positive song that is well known to teens that I can download and play to get a good feeling going. Any ideas?