at work yesterday morning. I don't get upset very easily especially over work but yesterday I just melted down. As some of you might remember this year I have quite the load of Special Education kiddos in my room. Add to that several students with-o ieps that also have behavior problems-more easy child type but still on the high end. Well, last week we found out we were getting a new allocation so I thought I would be seeing some real relief because although I love all the kids it really is a lot. Two of my Special Education kids are going to a friends room and we will be teaming. I will still have 6 Special Education kids left and I have about 4 difficult children in my room. I figured I would give two kids that were not difficult children by any means but still can cause problems to different rooms. Everybody told me that made sense. It wasn't easy because I love the two kids but to meet needs in the room it is what should have been done. So yesterday (after not hardly sleeping the night before) I go in to find out that other than the two Special Education. children, none of the ones I suggested had been moved. Both parents had written notes saying they didn't want their children moved from my room because they like my behavior management. Instead they moved out two quiet well behaved children. Now I don't mind having my share but when I know some teachers have 0 behavior problems in their classes it is time to spread the wealth. There is one teacher that doesn't deal well with certain children so that teacher doesn't have any behavior or academic issues. I just started sobbing. Right there in the back of the office. Thank goodness there was a door so I had some privacy. Thankfully my friends were with me and all know how hard this has been. All week the specials classes have said what a hard class I have and how I need to move certain children. I spoke with the principal, a specials teacher spoke with the principal, a Special Education. teacher spoke also and now one of those students is being moved. It won't alleviate much but the lower numbers should help. I can believe I melted down. My only consolation is I wasn't the only teacher this week that did melt down. It seems that the more competent you are the more they give you. Thanks for listening to my vent-I know things will get better, at times it is overwhelming. On the bright side, my students really seem to be enjoying the class this year.