Re: I feel like I'm losing them!

    So much help has already been offered. You could try this
    examine your teaching for places you have been inconsistent,
    just in case you are letting some behaviour slip. If you find
    that is not true for you then look at a couple of areas like
    being mean- moaning and groaning when you say something is
    dipping from your bucket. I used the bucket fillers as a way to
    show the children that how they act does make a difference,
    even in the small way of making someone smile.

    On 12/13/14, Cheryl wrote:
    > 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?
    > Mary, there is so much growth from Sept. - June that w all
    > need to be reminded that they are five and going back to
    > the beginning we forget that it does take time. Have you
    > read "How Full is Your Bucket?" By Tom Rath? This is a
    > great book to get the kids talking about feelings and how
    > we can tell when someone has an empty bucket just by the
    > way they walk into a room. This is also a great time of year
    > for a unit on friendship. I know you have tones of great
    > titles that the kids can relate to on that! I've been
    > for over 30 years and it took me a long time to realize that
    > when we enter the holiday season, it's best to do
    > everything in your power to tone things down rather than
    > wind them up. With all of the "Elfs" in their houses now,
    > that can be tricky, but keep things as normal for as long as
    > possible! Hang in there. You aren't alone in this. Modeling
    > good behavior is a year long task!