End of the day Craziness My class is awesome in the morning. They are on task, work great together in groups, work quietly when they are supposed to work independently. Afternoons are a nightmare. Morning is all one subject, afternoon is all different ones (school mandated schedule), and I think that having fewer transitions helps. No matter what my kids are doing in the afternoon, they are crazy. Well, not all of them, but a few of them, and they seem to take over the class! I feel bad for the many good kids. They get annoyed with the ones who misbehave. It is every afternoon. I have tried groups, I have tried partners, I have tried sit-and-be-quiet-and-zero-talking. They practice behavior like crazy. What does quiet sound like? What should what you are supposed to be doing look like? A few of my kids are just wiped out by the end of the day and don't listen to a word I say. I will start having kids practice at recess, but they only get one a day (before lunch), so that consequence would be delayed until the next day, which sucks if a kid has had a well behaved morning and is then in trouble for something they did the day before. I'm okay with it, but it's not an ideal solution. My go-to right now is having everyone practice being quiet with the lights off and their heads on their desks - but it's not really a punishment for them (nor is it meant to be), and some actually like it. I wish I could just give them 10 minutes of rest time before the afternoon began. I think not having recess in the afternoon is a problem. We've tried brain breaks so they can get up and move, but it seems to wind them up more. Also, the math curriculum is above their level and I have an extremely varied-level group, but it is a mandated curriculum. Any suggestions for helping me stay sane at the end of the day?