This year has been tough for me...I feel like I need to improve on: Building classroom community-This year (and last) my students aren't very nice to each other. I have the kids who are just good-natured and nice to everyone, but then there are a handful who are just so mean all the time. Classroom management-It seems like my class just acts a certain way because they don't want to get caught-not because it's the right thing to do. Why is it that after 147 days of school they are still running down the hall unless I'm watching them, but another kindergarten teacher's class never runs?!! They are also very talkative! I have to do my attention-getters every few minutes and it's very frustrating. Writer's workshop-I'm excited to try a new idea that I received from a co-worker, so hopefully this will improve. I feel like my writing time is really boring and the kids don't get very excited. Being more peppy/excited-I'm crabby most days by 9:30, but I think it's because of the many factors listed above. I have such fun lessons planned, but I always get so irritated/annoyed by their behavior right away. Doing more movement breaks, songs, fingerplays, etc.-How do you get kindergartners excited about this stuff?!! My class last year always said they "weren't babies" and didn't want to sing. I come from a school where almost 100% of the children in my class have grown up in daycare and/or went to preschool so they have done many of these things before and consider them "baby-like." I'm thinking I would like to have a song of the week, which we can sing during calendar time, and then we'll have a whole book of songs on hand for breaks. I need good songs, though, and not "baby" ones! If anyone has any ideas, comments, suggestions, etc. for ways that I can improve on any of the above, I'm all ears!