I've almost posted this 4 times but don't want to come off as complaining. I'm getting a bit apprehensive about the upcoming school year. I will have all of the Special Education kids in the two grades I teach-that totals 8 in my class of 27. These are fairly high need kiddos. Three are autistic. One of the autistic children has other issues and was in a separate program last year which is almost unheard of in our district. He likes and needs it really quiet (can get violent). Usually not a problem but another of the autistic children does a lot of noisy stimming. In addition, I will be getting a student that is a lot like difficult child, at least from looking at the BIP. This student is also loud, swears, is violent, and steals (my difficult child doesn't do the stealing anymore). The same student craves one on one adult attention. I will have a wonderful full time aide in my room and a Special Education teacher in about half of the time. I love teaching, I love all of my students, I've been told I'm good with kids with behavioral issues. Still this seems like a lot and I want to be sure I can meet the needs of all the children in my classroom. The reason I have so many spec. ed. students in one room is, of course, due to budget cuts. I'd love to plop someone who makes these decisions into my classroom for a day or two. There is a chance we may get an extra spec. ed. allocation and if that happens I will get either more support or some of the students will be moved to another room. Sooo, wish me luck or send good thoughts my way as I start my school year tomorrow.