Nearly 9pm oz time... OH away. Had another FOUL lesson with year 8's. Don't know who to talk to. Came home. Cried. Had my usual lovely time on entertainment.... cheered up for a wee while. Crying again now. Feel as if I want to die. Year 8's were taken aside at lunchtime by principal, director of students and all of their teachers, and basically given a good talking to, a few months back. Nothing has changed. They're chatty, they're rude, they're disrespectful. They make teaching them a personal nightmare. They're worse in my subject (music) as it's not "essential". I try. I have seating plans. I line them up quietly outside. I write learning outcome on board. I have said I'll give them 'prac" if I just get through the 15 minutes of theory/listening that I have to do first. Nothing works. Giving them prac doesn't work.... they just bang the keyboards or drums, or anything that comes to hand. They imitate everything I say (Scottish accent in oz) . My year 7's tell me they love me, I have a great relationship with my year 9/10 class, and my year 11's that I simply tutor, The year 8's are making my life a living hell, to the extent I feel like resigning. Those of you who know me, and know why OH"s been away, will know it's been a carp year.... and I've just had it. I want to crawl into a little hole and hide. At this moment in time, I don't care, if you want to come on and give me advice, or just tell me a joke to make me smile.... I just need distraction, and TES has been my only distraction for the last difficult year... so, didn't know where else to vent. Sorry.