My second period is another story altogether. Grade 10 applied science. I taught this last year first semester and I don't remember it being this rough. The students were harder to motivate but ultimately they worked pretty well. My class is challenging - a lot of different levels of abilities and very hard to focus. Plus a lot of clowns thrown in makes it difficult to keep the class under control - *sigh* - they are definitely going to be my challenge this year. Hopefully I don't go crazy or worse, get grey hair!
My third period is grade 10 academic science. They seem like a pretty strong class right now - they are very hard working and I can tell right away who my weaker ones are, and make sure I am keeping an eye on them and helping them out.
I have last period prep, which I love, and so far the semester is pretty good. It's a lot more work with the chemistry prep, and the classroom management of the applieds, but not at all overwhelming compared to my specialist. One more assignment this weekend and then I'll be done the second module. I get a progress report to see how I'm doing this week, so I hope it's okay - I've been putting a lot of effort into it and if it says I suck, I don't know how much more I can do without stopping sleep all together!