Any transition that involves leaving the classroom is taking forever and causing us to be late to lunch, library, or just about any place we need to go. And getting ready for dismissal takes 30 to 45 minutes if I don't want the room left in shambles and the kids to go home without their homework (or their jackets, backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes etc.) When we need to go someplace, I tell them to go and get on their numbers outside the door. They do this (eventually). But I have about 5 who will still be in the room gathering what they need (or think they need) while the rest of the class waits. Then, once the class is ready to go, some of these kids will exclaim "I forgot my ________!!!!" and run back into the room. Again, this could be something legit like their lunch or jacket. Or it might be some ridiculous toy they want at recess. Either way, they charge back into the room, leaving me no choice but to wait with the class (kids are NEVER allowed in the room alone). If I'm lucky, I have the door shut and locked before they do this. If not, we will be stuck waiting. Dismissal is worse. They are out at 2:30. I cannot keep any kids late. So at 2:30, if I say to get ready to go home, half will get ready and the rest will just pretend they didn't hear me and continue whatever we were doing even if it was classwork. Getting them to do anything to clean up the room is next to impossible. I will even offer them free time on the playground if they finish early. if I say (at 2:00) "Once your desks are neat, and the area under them is neat, and your jackets and backpacks are on, you can all go to the playground" I guarantee you that at 2:25 there will still be kids who have not accomplished ANY of the tasks I have asked them to do. And I can't send them to the playground alone, so, once again, the class waits. These are second graders, so I understand they often need a fire lit under their bottoms to get them moving, but this group is ridiculous.