Hi all, I just finished student teaching in the fall and found a temporary teaching position that opened up in Kindergarten. This is my 5th week. My students are driving me bonkers! Their former teacher did not discipline them or enforce any rules whatsoever. She let them run the classroom and they got away with so much. I am not so lienient, so it has been tough for all of us! The kids NEVER stop talking!! And what is worse is that, while their former teacher didn't mind, it is my biggest pet peeve! I know K kids talk, and that they should. But not during carpet time or when I am giving directions. I repeat myself so much and I am constantly having to redirect. It gets old reallllllly fast. I certainly can not get through a book without stopping every few lines to redirect. This group is also just generally chatty anyway, so that makes it worse. I don't know what to do. Then I also have 2 really bad kids. One is super hyper and jumps on furniture, runs across tables, does cartwheels and breakdances, destroys things, etc- you get the picture. The other kid is way too young to be in K, his doctor even told his mom that but she put him in anyway. So that is not his fault, but he is too immature to handle most of what we do. I do give him more warnings before making him move his behavior clip. But when I do make him move it, he screams and cries- since that is how he gets what he wants at home. Today he cried so loud for 5 minutes and I could not teach. He also has major anger issues and will lash out physically at students and at me. Between these 2 kids, I don't know how I am supposed to teach. I spend most of my time redirecting and dealing with the two of them. It is a nightmare trying to get them to behave and I have no parental support. These 2 kids set the tone for the already talkative rest of the class. The kids take advantage of the time when I am redirecting those 2 and use it as an excuse to start talking themselves. If I get one side of the carpet quiet- the other side starts talking. Its like they don't even know that I am there sometimes. Center times is also a nightmare. No one wants to stay in their center, no one does what they are supposed to do at their center, and they make huge messes. They got to choose centers before I came, but they basically only played during center time- in the kitchen, blocks, legos, etc. The same kids went to the same center every day. This is learning to me so I am trying to initiate more educational centers, where they rotate every day, etc. But the kids aren't up for it. I spend most of the time telling the kids to get back to their center and do what they are supposed to do there. I used to come up with really fun centers but now I don't even waste my time and energy anymore because the kids won't do what I make up for them. So what is the use. I just have a few established centers that they must go to. But I still have the same issues as I described above. Oy! If you have any advice or tips for me, please let me know!