Hi, I am a new teacher, partway through a two and a half term contract on a year 5/6. Struggling in a big way as I think I am more suited to teaching the littlies. Every day is a challenge and I really struggle with behaviour mangement. Sometimes I go fine, and have had some great lessons, but the real issues always arise when my team- teacher isn't around and I am left with over 50 students ( both classes- we do a lot of team teaching), who obviously (well at least some of them, but it feels like most of them) have little respect for me. I did a lot of supply teaching on this class and the other team- teacher's class before begining this. I am sytruggling- it is my first contract and my first year and I think I might prefer to return to casual. I have considered doing something else entirely. The workload is enormous- I seem to spend evry night and most of the weekend working. I am tense all the time and have a lot of trouble sleeping as I feel so worried. I have an option to leave at the end of five weeks, but I am so unsure..should I try to stick it out and hope I grow into it, or accept that I don't like or suit this age group/school and leave while I can? I do feel bad for the school as it would mean more staffing changes if I did leave ( there have already been a few). The school has a lot of really challenging kids, which i find very difficult to manage. I do tend to take everything a bit too personally and am feeling quite shell-shocked at the huge workload that teachers have.. all this eats into any time I have with my family of three kids and we could survive without the income. Advice is welcome- when do you know to draw the line? Is my personality not suited to teaching, or do I just need to get on with it and grow through it? Is it better for the school if I let them know I am considering leaving? How much notice would I need to give.. and what effect will this have on future work... most staff at this school are supportive , but that could change if I leave.. not sure if this would be something I could come to regret. As you can see, I am in turmoil! Any advice welcome, thanks!