Apologies if this sounds like lots of other teachers who don't feel they are coping well with behaviour but I need to vent somewhere! At the start of this academic year I moved from a school where behaviour is not a problem to one where it can be very challenging. This is part of the reason for the move, a sort of personal challenge to myself to see whether I could cope with it. I don't know why I always feel I have something to prove, but here I am anyway. Most of my classes are lovely and I really enjoy teaching them. I teach year 7 up to year 13 and the only year groups causing me major problems are year 9 and 10. Their behaviour is the usual low-level constant disruption which grinds you down, with the occasional flare-up of someone majorly kicking off. So each lesson we have shouting out, swearing, questioning of my teaching strategies, behaviour management sanctions etc. I can justify each one of these with external reasons - they shout out because they're rude, they swear because they have no respect for adults in general, they question me because I'm new. But I'm starting to think maybe it is me, maybe I'm just not cut out for teaching. I had 5 years of successful, "Outstanding" teaching under my belt at my previous school, and as I said most other classes are fine, but I'm starting to feel I am not performing as the school expected of me. I look around my year 10 classes and about 20% of students just can't be bothered to do any work. I have tried fun activities, practical activities, textbook, old-fashioned work, puzzles, etc etc, but none of the styles seem to suit all students. While this is always the case, normally classes just get on with things which aren't their favourite but these classes need to have fun activities 100% of the time, and I just can't cope with that. It's also not fair on students who do like traditional methods too. I have been advised to get support of senior managers, but this has proven unsuccesful so far. They either don't show up when they're called, or when they do, they bargain with the student instead of dealing with them more harshly, which leads me to suspect they believe me to be at fault rather than the child. Maybe I am. It's true that I don't have a lot of confidence which they can probably pick up on, but the worse they are the less confidence I have, so it's a vicious circle. My head of dept is completely ineffective - she has more behaviour management problems than anyone in the department, and she also finds it difficult to manage staff. I sympathise with her because she's a nice woman but just not a very good head of dept. Deputy heads have acknowledged that these classes are challenging but they often threaten punishments without following them through, so this intervention becomes ineffective. I have tried following the school's behaviour policy but thus far it has been utterly ineffective. Detentions don't work. I have tried ringing home with one class, no effect. I find phoning home VERY difficult, because I find talking on the phone difficult in general anyway. It's hard phoning parents not knowing them because you don't know what line to take and you can't read their reactions on the phone. I always feel if I am ringing home to complain about their child's behaviour, a lot of parents feel that if their child isn't behaving, it's because the teacher isn't strict enough, and then I just end up questioning myself and getting into even worse a state about the whole thing. I am overeating as a way of coping with the stress and I feel on edge whenever I teach these classes. I have a few times felt teary in front of them and have on several occasions come home crying because of how the situations have made me feel. This makes me angry with myself because I know I shouldn't let it get to me. I feel I have let the school down because I think they expected me to be a really fun teacher, which I don't think I am being at the moment. I am really questioning my career at the moment. Do I stick with it for the long haul and carry on working on these classes, despite what it's doing to me, or do I try and find a job in an easier school? Or do I leave teaching altogether? I've put everything into this job which, when it goes right, I love doing. Maybe it's just that time of year. Sorry for rambling for so long, thanks to anyone who has read this far or who replies.