Re: I feel like I'm losing them!

    You are not alone! I also seem to go through this every
    year (19 years for me). Christmas craziness is definitely a
    major part of the problem, but it is also just the kids
    getting very comfortable in their environment. At this time
    of the year we teachers are tired too. I know I am busier at
    home with all the stress of Christmas and have less patience
    and energy at school. I can honestly say that I don't want
    to be at school right now! After Christmas break I always
    feel better and renewed.

    I always like to change things up a bit after Christmas
    break. I like to move things around in the room. No major
    changes, but enough that the room seems new and fresh (like
    it did in September). I always remove all signs of Christmas
    before I leave for break so that the kids come back to a neat
    and tidy room. I put away things that we are no longer using
    and get out a few new toys, centers etc...

    We only have a few days to go. We will make it!

    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?