Hi everyone, First things first, I'm going to be completely honest, I am not a teacher. My wife has just started her first teaching position in Grade 2. I am posting here because it is killing me to see her so discouraged, stressed, feeling so inadequate and like she is doing a terrible job. My wife loves kids and has wanted to be a teacher for a long time. This year she got the chance to start her very first job in a private school. She was very excited. She decorated her classroom thinking of how the kids would love it, she planned activities and bought a whole bunch of neat books and tools with her own money to make it a nicer environment for them. Now, almost one month in, she is dreading going back every day. She is losing sleep, losing self-confidence and losing hope. Her class, although being good kids, just can not pay attention for more than a few seconds at a time. She can't teach or give instructions because they are unable to keep quiet or even stay at their seats. When they do stay seated, they talk to their peers or just completely space out. She has tried so many different techniques. She has used visual aids to make the subject more interesting, she has disciplined with "wall time" and making them copy out the classroom rules. Nothing seems to be working. Now she is falling behind on the subject matter and at a complete loss for solutions. Any advice would be gratefully accepted. Thank you!