I need some advice about walking with the class from one place to another in our building. I teach a mixed-age (2-5) Pre-K class, 15 children, housed within a public family school, grades PK-8. This is my second year in Pre-K, although I started in October last year - so this is my first September with this classroom. I previously taught older elementary, so I am not new teacher, just new to this age group. We have a long walk around the building to get to the playground, which we need to do daily. We also sometimes have to go to the auditorium, library, gym, etc. within the building. My assistant started the process last year (before I started) of very strict, straight line, no one wiggle/talk/turn head/touch anyone or anything line-walking. My relationship with my assistant is a long story, but we have a continued power struggle in the class over very different classroom management styles. This past week, we tried to do a tour of the school but it took forever because of her constant corrections of the children and stopping the line. By the end, we were all tired and unhappy. I want to change how the line works this year. I want it to be respectful within the larger school environment yet still DAP. I do need the children to be able to line up quickly and stay together for when we do monthly fire drills. I could use some suggestions. Is a walking rope considered a DAP scaffold for line walking? Is it safe? I've also seen classes do "partner" walking - where 2 people hold hands, basically a double line. Although some children may not want or be able to walk with another student. Help??