Wow.... all of your comments of support have made me feel so much better! I did think am I the only one feeling like this! Yes - they have a consequences board, and have been told to enforce it to the max. So from tomorrow, they won't know what's hit them! Today the same names gave me a hard time and I do have them again tomorrow. I've already filled out detention forms with their names on it (to save time and cause less disruption to the class). Once they get their 3 strikes (which usually takes about 10 minutes), their out. I'll be taking no prisoners (not in such an aggressive way). They do get angry when their names are written on this board, and some are making it a competition (I know this was stated in one of the comments made). Staff support - it is there, but staff are so busy, I hate disrupting their work load, or asking for support. Example: Today we did a test on a play. Out of 26 children, only 6 understood and completed this test. The other 20 were arguing, talking and ignoring my instructions. I was actually prepared to quit today ONLY IF no one did the test, or understood it. We've been discussing this play for some time now, so there was no excuse. I gave them written key points to consider, and 20 children still asked "what are we doing?" and "I don't know what to write" and "I can't remember any of it". Thanks to those 6 children who finished the test, the answers they wrote down changed my mind. I realised it wasn't me, and those other children were just playing stupid (even though they are not - I've seen their previous work). Tomorrow I'm going in guns a blazin!