Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by cwilson88, Jan 28, 2010.
Jan 28, 2010
What do you think is the greatest challenge in teaching kindergarten?
I think it is keeping the kids engaged. Kinders cannot sit for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, so it's a challenge to keep things fun for them, even during the transitions.
The noise. Even if they are all quiet, they're noisy with shuffling and the like. I've just gotten to the point where I can sub for kindergarten and not go home with a headache.
I honestly don't know how regular teachers can stand having kindergartners for 7 1/2 hours a day teaching them subjects I wasn't taught until 3rd grade and still leave with their sanity
The greatest challenge is they come in at all different levels. Some never had preschool and can't write their names. Then there are others who are reading already. Some never been around other kids and socially have a hard time. The challenge is to get them all ready academically and socially for Kindergarten, when there is such a wide range between the lowest and highest.
I agree with Zoey'smom - you get kids that don't know what a letter or number IS and others reading chapter books... all in the same class. It is also physically exhausting, BUT of all the grades I've experienced, the MOST rewarding and fun. Check out my blog (below) for more of my thoughts on K.
I subbed in K before I landed my teaching job. I either made them cry or I wanted to cry. I just wasn't suited for K.
K teachers have all my respect!
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