I made a post about this a while ago in the Kindergarten sub-forum. I am having major classroom management problems and I am at a loss. My principal talked to me this past week and gave me a copy of what she wrote during her visits to my classroom. Long story short, IT WAS BAD. She even gave me my copy of my informal observation earlier than the other teachers. I could face termination at the end of the year if I don't turn this ship around. My contract is only for one year, but to be completely honest I wouldn't really want to go back to that school again. But the stress is just killing me and I can't catch a break. At work, all I'm hearing is "you should do this" "you're not doing this". I know it's early, but I'm starting to think teaching is just not the right profession for me. I'm stressed out all the time, my kids won't listen to me AT ALL but they listen to my para. The minute she leaves the room, they go haywire and act as if I'm not in the room. I'll end up quitting early if I don't get this under control. My class is probably the worst in the whole school. The other teachers in my grade group are helpful, and give a lot of good advice, but at times it seems like too much advice and I don't know how to use it all. Everyone says use incentives, but does that mean I have to give them something like a sticker EVERY day? My para will give them a piece of candy, if they do something good; I don't really want to do that, but I don't see anything else working. Also, what do I do about consistently disruptive students who don't care if they get a treat or not? I even tried to go over my routines and rules again. When I was going over how they come into the classroom I asked "how do we come into the classroom?" they said "quiet", but one student yelled "talking!" and the other students started laughing and I couldn't bring them back to focus after that. This problem is obviously affecting my teaching performance. My principal wrote that the students weren't engaged in the lesson, and I certainly don't want them to be bored, but does that mean I have to put on a song and dance for every lesson? What should I do? I think it may be that I look too young. What can I do to get them to respect me as an adult and not just my para? How can I keep them engaged and not bored while learning? What do I do about disruptive students? I wanted to try ClassDojo, but because of privacy issues, I don't think I can use that. So what can I do? I want to be an effective teacher. I don't want the music teacher or the librarian to dread my class coming to them. I don't want the 1st grade teachers to say "I don't want Ms. NewKindy1's students in my class, they're dumber than bricks and they don't know how to act". And even though I don't really want to stay at my school after this year, I certainly don't want to be looking for a job and have my principal say "Ms. NewKindy1 was a horrible teacher and I wouldn't hire her". I'm just so stressed out with everything: classroom management, paperwork, parents, and my mom is constantly stressing me out, I just can't catch a break. The stress and anxiety is really getting to me and is affecting my health :help:. I feel like I'm barely keeping my head above water here.