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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?
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Terri 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 fille...See More
Dec 13, 2014
AmyVictoria 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 patie...See More
Dec 13, 2014
maureen > I think the post about "toning it down" this time of year was spot on. I taught multi age including 2 through K years of age in the same classroom for over 25 years. The children are bombarded with commercialism, late nights, busy days, and I always made the classroom a protected time and place from all that. The classroom was a sanc...See More
Dec 14, 2014
Mary - OP Thanks everyone... I appreciate all of the great suggestions. I will def keep them in mind, including reflecting on my consistency. It helps to know that I'm not alone, lol! Thank you again & Happy Holidays! 2 days to go for me.
Dec 17, 2014
Karen M. Hi everyone! I realize that it's been a month since Mary
wrote her response, but I wanted to share a classroom
management technique that I use. Everyone is familiar with
the expression, "Familiarity breeds contempt.", right?
It's no different with 5 year olds! They get over
comfortable being around one or two classmates, al...See More
Jan 20, 2015

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