I taught a high school core class for several years at a small private school and was generally successful. This year, I began teaching in a public school setting and things are going very poorly. I'm not here to complain about the school or the students...I'm pretty sure it's me. Most students seem to have started the year ready to give me and the class a chance, but now, mid-second quarter, I've lost them. There's no respect or rapport, classroom management is out of control, work quality and completion are low/poor, my classes are seen as a joke, and students aren't learning. I've been inconsistent, my routines and expectations haven't held up, and students either don't care or feel frustrated. (And, not that this is the main concern, but I am miserable with frustration, guilt, and embarrassment over how poorly things are going.) My question is how (or if) I can start to redeem a situation where it feels like everything has gone wrong. (I have tried to talk to a few people at school, but they generally try to tell me it's probably not as bad as I think it is, that it's all part of being new, or that the students are just testing me because I'm new here (they are, but I am failing the tests). I've had a couple of observations, which have been mediocre, but haven't demonstrated the extent of the problems.) I would be so thankful for any words of advice on where to begin in a situation like this.