So I’ll be honest when I say that my whole work situation has had me up in arms. However, after attending my English Department meeting today i have come to realize that this situation is impacting all of us. I actually felt a bit selfish for being upset when I saw how overwhelmed my department head seemed to be. I wasn’t really thinking about anyone else which I should have been. I have also realized that my co-teacher was pretty stressed out as well. I am trying to make the best of a difficult situation knowing that there is really nothing I can do about it. I know that two of my classes are just going to be hell until the end of the year. I just have to grin and bear it. I at least don’t have them back to back and there are worst things that could happen than having to deal with a few disrespectful kids. I know that I will get through it and that I will survive. I have survived a lot worse in the past. I think that I have just come to realize that I am ready to teach more advanced students. I have always taught regular students and I am coming to a point in my career where I would like a new challenge. I have continued to extend my education and make myself qualified to do new things but I have yet to actually give myself an opportunity to do them. I need to start pushing myself into the positions I want to be in. I have to quit settling for less than what I really want. I am not helping my sanity or my overall happiness staying in these regular teaching jobs with the same horrible students. I know that the trends are changing and students are less respectful than they were when I first started teaching. I can’t change the way these students have been parented but I can change my attitude towards them. I don’t need to be their friend because that isn’t my job but I do need to find a way to garner the respect from them that I deserve if I am going to stay sane in this job.