This week was the first week of Kindergarten. Thursday was the first day, so we've only gone two days. These two days have been a nightmare! I have been given a VERY challenging student whom I'll refer to as Z. Z is completely defiant. Anything that we are doing, he does not want to do. He will not sit for circle time, he will not participate in songs/dances, he will not sit at his seat for activities. When it is time to walk in the hallway, he runs from me and runs all through the school. When we are on the playground, he tries to run away. When it is time to line up and go in, he tries to run away again. If I try to hold on to him, or restrain him in any way, he pulls my hair, hits me, etc. He taunts other children, pulls hair, hits, etc. When he is defying all of the classroom activities, he spends his time, climbing on top of chairs, trying to play in the bathroom, ripping things off the wall, getting into drawers. He's tired to "escape" from the room and run down the halls. I've tried talking with him about what he is feeling, trying to understand him, this goes nowhere, he usually runs or tries to hit. I've sat him in a chair and asked him to stay there until he's ready to join our group. He sits for no longer than a minute and is off to tearing something down or running off. I've tried to make him "special helper" and give him jobs "Hold our song sign" "Be the line leader" Still wants to run away or go off and get into something. I noticed that he kept gravitating towards the dinosaur books during one part of the day so on Day 2 I tried "If you join us for our morning meeting, you can choose to look at a Dinosaur book afterwards" Still wanted to run off or stand on chairs/table, or rip things off the walls, etc. I spoke with Mom in person after the first day of school. She shared that she did not send him to Preschool because she was worried about this very behavior. She shared he is no different at home and she said she is exhausted and needs answers for how to help him. We did a warm send-off on day 2 where Mom, myself and Z were first in the classroom. I had on calming music and dinosaurs out for him to play with since he has shown an interest in them. He was calm and relaxed for about 5 minutes but then wanted to get into anything and everything and his behavior continually worsened as the day went on. The guidance counselor removed him from the room for some time but still tried send him back in during various times of the day but the same behaviors described above continued. ADDITIONALLY, I also have another student, whom I'll call Y. Y cries at the top of his lungs from the start of the school day until the end of the school day. He can be heard all the way down the hall, with the door shut. He will wail "I hate school. I hate you teacher. I want my Mom." I've tried giving him a stuffed animal and saying "This is my special friend, he's scared to be a school, he thinks it's hard to be here with no one he knows and he needs a friend. Could you be his friend?" This worked for a bit but then he started hitting the kids with the stuffed animal so I had to take it away. He too also runs from me in the hall, tries to escape from the room, and tries to run off the playground. In the times that I have been successful with getting either Z or Y settled, the other will act up and then I'll be off trying to catch that child or calm them down. In the meantime, I have 20 other students who are now under no supervision because I'm all by myself trying to maintain the behaviors of 2 children all day. My school sets academic expectations for teachers and by next Monday I am supposed to start reading groups and centers. I have no idea how I am going to get anything accomplished with these two students. HELP!!!