Hello, I am considering quitting my position as a kindergarten teacher and trying to find a special education position. I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice… I have been teaching K for two years, before this I was a (very good, if I do say so) special ed teacher. In my role as a special ed teacher, I mostly taught phonics programs and remedial math for small groups of students with disabilities all day and felt like I was missing out on all those fun activities you get to partake in as a classroom teacher. I wanted to see what it would be like to have my own classroom... share stories, do art projects, teach science, and get to work with a variety of students, as opposed to just the struggling students. Well, while most of my students have made great progress and growth in their learning, I really struggle with managing behaviors and also day to day classroom management (ex- organizing the activities of the day or even planning movement in the classroom). I feel like I am constantly managing behaviors (not effectively) and that is all I do all day… and it is not fun. I work in an urban area where the behaviors in my school are out of control. I know if I worked in a suburban area it might be different, but I am worried it won't be. I still might struggle with managing behaviors and organizing activities for a large group of students. I just wonder if I don't have the personality for managing large groups.. I have read just about every classroom management book out there and it hasn't helped, though I have improved a bit over 2 years. I feel sad because about 10 years ago, I set out to become a classroom teacher and I was so excited about it!! I ended up going into special ed because I had that certification and at the time there was a job shortage in my area. It feels wrong to give up something I worked so long for, but I also don't want to move to a new school district and continue to feel like I'm struggling all the time. My school has also been a really stressful environment to work in and it's been a tough 2 years... My question is… if you are a veteran teacher, did managing behaviors become much easier as you gained experience? If you switched grade levels, was it a big difference switching from early childhood to older grades? Did anyone switch to sped and never look back?? Thanks for you help!!