I teach 5th grade in a middle school. Last year was my first year at this school and we had an extremely difficult group of students. This year we aren't having the same types of behavior problems as last year, but these kids have a ridiculously hard time with transitions. I really feel like most of them aren't ready to be in the middle school. Switching classes and having lockers are extremely difficult for them. It's next to impossible to get some of them started on their work at the beginning of class and to get them packed up and lined up at the end. We've been dealing with these problems all year, but it all came to a head on Monday. All of the 5th grade teachers were in a meeting during the last period of the day, so paraprofessionals were brought in to sub for us (the usual procedure). Well, our meeting ran over into homeroom and dismissal time and it apparently was a nightmare. We came back to school today after the holiday yesterday and all of the paras were coming to tell us how awful it was. So, we decided that we needed to do something drastic. We decided that for the next two days, our students will remain in their homerooms all day. They will keep all of their belongings with them in class and spent the last few minutes of the day today cleaning out their lockers. The teachers will be the ones to switch classes all day and the students will only leave the room for specials, lunch, and recess, just like in the elementary school. We basically told them that if they can't handle the responsibilies of 5th grade, we will do things the same way as they did in 4th grade. Everyone, including the admin, is on board and the kids were NOT happy when we told them about it this afternoon. I guess we'll see how it goes!