I am a graduate teacher however I have come to teaching after having worked as a graphic designer and art lecturer at University. Work is good but I am feeling usupported at times and left to my own devices, there is also no head of dept as it is a small highschool. I assume that the principal thinks that because I am in my forties that i should be able to handle situations on my own without a mentor. I am finding the constant discipline tiring at times. I made a stupid joke about how I got a scratch on my eyebrow. (I actually ran into a door, so I felt a bit foolish) and told a group of students when asked that my husband beat me up,I said it laughingly. I quickly told them it was a joke and that he hadn't but it was a silly thing to say. All I can say in my defence is that it was a long week and I was tired of talking to students and thought id say a silly thing. How do I cope with teaching and discipliie issues when other teachers do not provide much in the ay of support or advice.