It all started last night when I realized that I had no time to do any lesson planning after my daughter and I got home, cooked dinner, did dishes, played and spent time with my daughter, and then got her to bed. I then came into school this morning and found out I was to receive YET ANOTHER student. This is the THIRD student in 6 days! This brings my count up to 32 + 3 special ed= 35! I do not have any room in my classroom anymore! There is NO WAY to do Literacy/Reading centers after whole group instruction due to the fact that it now takes longer to get their attention. Not to mention, I have to continually refocus them while I am teaching and giving instructions! I have NO TIME to do any paperwork (get the required folders and packets together for new students, referrals for testing, literacy folder paperwork and WICP's for my ELL students) I am VERY organized and on top of things but I am losing it. I had what I would call a mental breakdown this morning and most of the afternoon. I was so distraught that I almost had them call in a sub to take over my room. I even thought about taking a mental day tomorrow and then working on lesson plans but I decided against it. I am a single mom and have no help whatsoever with my daughter. I am trying to be Super Mom (and Dad) as well as Super Teacher and I realized today that I can't do it. I came very close to leaving work, packing up my stuff and leaving the state. I'm so tired of not being appreciated around here. (NO teachers are being appreciated around here) Every time I receive a paycheck, I'm reminded how crappy the pay is down here and how I have been worrying constantly how I am going to afford diapers and food for my daughter. No, I don't qualify for WIC OR food stamps. Pretty sucky. thanks for "listening" er...reading.