I have had a horrible day and need to vent. 1. I did not sleep well last night due to nightmares. There was a fire at a town near by, and I dreamt about bushfires. 2. I had 75% of one of my classes away! I could not start the new topic, which I had spent hours preparing for last night and over the weekend. 3. My SOSE class were complete and utter ratbags. It was an easy lesson (latitude and longitude) and the *** would not shut up. The majority of the kids were HORRIBLE and NOISY and nothing I did could shut them up. The kids with learning difficulties understood what I was teaching easily and completed ALL the work and had fun doing it. My two non readers could do the activity with the assistance of an SSO (they just needed help with the instructions)! I usually would keep them in and even make them write lines, but it was close to 40 degrees Celsius (104F) today and doing that would be a reward. I let the good kids go to lunch, some of whom wanted to stay to make me feel better, to lecture the others. It was so bad that I was crying as soon as they left. I was very grateful that I had my sunnies with me to hide my eyes. 4. I have a large Maths class, and do not have enough time to give students the time they need. All of them are at different stages because of different ability levels, a week long camp and frequent absences. Two girls apologised because they did not understand me, and asked another teacher for help. They were embarassed and sorry for me because of the more needy members of the class (who should be in the lower stream). 5. It was almost 40 degrees when I rode my bike home! I was wearing pants (trousers) and a thick plot shirt! Good things about today: my kids with learning difficulties 'got it', my book arrive from amazon, I hit an E on my trumpet, I had a nice chat with my difficult student in the empty class and another teacher asked for some worksheets I made.