Re: I feel like I'm losing them!
    Laura B.

    On 12/13/14, Mary wrote:
    > So, I'm hoping for help. I've been teaching kindergarten
    > for 10 years now and go through this EVERY year... I
    > know it has to be something that I am doing or not doing.
    > My class isn't getting along... they are mean to each
    > other, moan and groan about everything I say, and just do
    > not seem to care. Lining up is miserable, clean up is
    > miserable, they have become noisy, hurtful, and
    > combative. I feel like I "have" them in the beginning of
    > the year and then each year, right around November,
    > things shift. The classroom atmosphere is no longer
    > pleasant. How do I win them over/back? I really do not
    > want to go through the crest of the school year like this
    > AGAIN. Any suggestions?

    So glad you posted-I thought it was just me! I need to
    remember just how young they are and how excited this time of
    year is.They have grown socially since September and I think
    that some children are getting tired of each other and
    beginning to treat them like brothers and sisters. I have a
    lot of Me First personalities. In Michigan, we are going
    into the boots, snowpants- etc - and the time and the
    organization it takes. That said, I also think that some of
    the expectations on them are too high- I am progressing
    monitoring 12 students. As I try to work with a child, the
    background noise his so loud. I am not sure I helped you or
    just used your post to vent. However, you are not alone
    and I wish you well