So, I have a hard class and I'm a first year teacher. I would post this in the behavior section, but thought I'd get more help here. Problem # 1: In general, I've had trouble getting the class to settle down for circle time. We do a motion song or some body exercises before we do a large group, and I have rules for circle time that I say before we get to business. I also remind during circle, "Oh, I would love to call on you, child who's about to jump out of your skin with excitement, but I only call on friends who are sitting on their bottoms and raising a quiet hand. Still, it's a daily occurence, this battle of wills, and I've run out of strategies. Problem # 2: My class is having trouble cleaning up after centers. I am making them stay and clean up, and I try to schedule 5-10 minutes for it, but there are some who simply refuse or who act like they are cleaning up, but are really just standing near the kitchen set/block shelf/science table. I engage the ones who have cleaned up in a song then a book (assistant is getting out lunch). Clean-up, especially in blocks and housekeeping is taking 15-20 minutes. My assistant thinks I should ban some children from certain centers if they didn't clean up the previous day. I'm not sure if I agree. Problem # 3: I have one child who is very immature. He's four, but eats like a 1 1/2 to 2 year old. Picks up mashed potatoes with his hands and smears in hair, sticks hands in milk and splashes, scoots chair so far out that he drops all over the floor (and refuses to scoot up) or simply stands up to eat. I mentioned this to one of the therapists today and said he always seems to pick a seat beside me, and it's driving me crazy. She said, yeah, well, he wants your attention. Total lightbulb moment. So aside from giving positive attention, what in the name of no-mashed-potatoes in my hair can I do? I've tried praising other children for eating like they are supposed to, removing his milk/fork/whatever when used inappropriately, ignoring completely, and nothing has seemed to help. While he's one of my lower-level kids, he is smart enough to know that this is not acceptable behavior. Thanks in advance for any ideas you have.