I started my first year teaching this past Wednesday. By Friday, I was in tears at the end of the day. I teacher Eng 1 and 4 at a relatively new high school. I just found out on the 2nd day of school that the incoming class of freshman is the worst in terms of behavior... 3 of my classes are comprised of freshman. And only one class so far is really awful. I did diagnostic testing Thursday and Friday. They chitter chatted on Friday, laughing, talking, making noises... I tried several times to get the focus back on the test... I had started the class with rearranged seating, ending up moving kids throughout the period. Nothing worked. I pulled out a stack of referrals and started working on those for the 5 or 6 troublemakers and plan to turn them in Monday if the behavior continues. I wouldn't say I'm completely frustrated or disheartened but I am a little. I had hoped my first week would at least go somewhat well but no. By Friday, I was not nice nor did I pretend to be. I am completely new to teaching (no student teaching, no subbing) so the disciplining caught me off guard. I didn't think I'd have to implement it quite so soon. I guess this is more of a rant than anything. Thanks for reading if you did.