Hi everyone, I am in my second year of teaching kindergarten and am getting concerned about my classroom management/behavior once again. I have had several aides (who come to help a student with disabilities) comment on the behaviors in my classroom. I honestly did not think the students' behavior was that bad this year compared to last year. I wondered what was typical, if some other early childhood teachers could comment? I have a problem this year with several students that are hitting and some not completing work. I also have a problem with students not always listening while I'm teaching. I get pencil tapping, talking to a neighbor, fidgeting, laying down on rug/wiggling, touching neighbors.. If I can redirect quietly I do, otherwise I give student a consequence. As a K teacher, would you honestly expect 20+ students to be perfectly still/silent for a 10-20 minute period (depending on subject?) Also, when completing class work would you expect 5 and 6 year olds to be silent/whispering? I personally don't see anything wrong with a little talking so long as they are completing work and using an appropriate voice level. I just wondered are my expectations too low?? If these aides are going in and out of other rooms, perhaps they see the behavior in my room as much worse? I wouldn't know as I have only been in one kindergarten room, mine! Please give me examples of how your students listen and do their work, it would be so helpful and appreciated!!