***double post, from Behavior thread*** ok... i still have some searching to do through all these threads to maybe find *help* with my issue... i wanted to post here first with hopes that anyone reading right now can help!! background info: i teach pre-kindergarten, 4/5 yr olds, at a learning center which is not in a school system, so we are free and able to choose any kind of classroom management technique as long as it follows state regs of course... my current class management is pin cards... each student has a pin, and it is moved from 1-5 (1-2 is green, 3-4 is yellow, 5 is red... if reaches 4-5, a note is sent home, and 5 child goes to office as well if circumstance calls for it)... i have always thought i had good classroom mangement skills... i first taught pre-k starting in 2001, and i learned a lot in the few years teaching, i left for one year with the birth of my daughter, and i went back sept. of 2005... the class was rather small when i returned, then children kept enrolling, and then the summer came, pre-school kids were moved up into pre-k, more enrollments (always happens in summer) and almost one year has passed and right now i am experiencing the worst class i have ever had... i have 30 pre-k children enrolled, some are part time, so it works out that we have no more than 24 on any given day with two teachers... ratio is 12:1... my class mainly consists of boys, and the boys are very roudy as of late... many of them are ADDICTED to the superhero *crud*, fighting things, lazers shooting out of their hands, making loud zzzssss noises as weapons shoot from any given area of their bodies... making guns with their pointer fingers and thumbs... wrestling with each other... this play involves contact, so more often than not, play turns into "waaahhhh!!! garrett twisted my arm and kicked me in the face!!!!" it is insane... and i have come to the point where nothing is working... i give them warnings... i have them move their pins if it continues after warnings... i remove them from the group and sit them away in a chair... i also have so many kids right now that it is so hard to conduct circle time, read a book aloud... and the one child that is constantly roaming the room, throwing toys across the room while roaming, grabs everyone's attention, that they are all either telling on him while i am trying to read a story, or they flock to him and start in on the same behavior... i have so many other kids that want to hear my story, that want to read the calendar and weather with me, but can't because of all the disruptions... and it doesn't help that i have a horrible aide right now... which is something i am handling with the director right now... and when that changes, many of my issues at hand may change... i am just hoping someone out there can help me... maybe any of you have experienced the same situations, please tell me how you have handled them... i do know that i am at fault in most cases because my own management stinks right now... i just don't know what to do... i come across new ideas, i try them, and i fail... i will keep trying-- this is a challenge for me... what i plan on implementing: i am in the works of painting a nice little chair that will be placed and *glued* to a particular area of the classroom... this is where i plan to put students that are not following the classroom expectations for 4/5 minutes... i also plan on having a chart by the chair with everyone's name on it... when the child visits the chair, they will place an X by their name, and if they reach a certain number of X's they won't get to participate in the bi-weekly or monthly party, or something fun... does that sound ok? please, i want all kinds of feedback... i also plan on giving out MORE certificates to students, typically having discipline issues, who have better behavior that day... please, please, INPUT, PLEASE!!!!!!