hi all! i'm new to the forum. i was on before, but never got on her much, and ended up forgetting my user name and password... so i guess you could say i'm back i have a few questions that i would appreciate any advice you could give! to start off, i'm 24, i graduated with a degree in the growth and development of young children (interdisciplinary major). i teach in a private school, coming from day care, and am back with the 2 1/2-3 year olds.... this is the first year my new school has had kids this young, so i'm kind of setting the role for the class and school. lesson plans are so much more of a big deal in private school than in day care... they are so much more indepth, actually, the lesson plans we have to do actually suck. compared to my last class (18 kids to two teachers), i am very much enjoying a small class! i have 10 kids (some parttime) to just me. although i love never having 10 kids in a day, it does get kind of stressful teaching by myself and potty training with kids so young. granted most are potty trained, but the ones who aren't could care less lol. i am having a very difficult time getting my kids to walk in a straight line to the playground. i have tried the buddy system, to the choo choo train with hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you, back to the buddy system, and about ready to get a rope for them to hold... some of the kids are in their own little worlds (to put it nicely) and tend to wander off in the parking lot, so i've recently started cutting though another playground to avoid kids and cars... what suggestions do you have to get these kids to walk in a straight line and stay together? i'm sure i look like a fool trying to collect these kids lol. another question i had was that my last class was so lively, so energetic, got so into circle time and songs, i had it made.... my new class, well i have a few who are picking up songs, and stuff i'm teaching, but a lot of them are just boring!! i try anything and everything to get these kids to liven up and have more personality in the classroom, but some of them just won't budge. it gets boring for me sometimes! what suggestions do you have to get the quiet kids more involved? again, some of them are just in their own little worlds, and i haven't found a way to get through to them yet. like one boy will be the only one sitting at the table after lunch when i told everyone to throw their stuff away, go potty, wash hands, and go to their mats for nap time. just an example lesson plans have been difficult, again b/c they are so indept, but you can only teach so much at such a young age... any other suggestions teaching wise what i should be doing? i do colors, numbers (both english and spanish), shapes, days/months, starting to recognize names, some letters, going to start recognizing some numbers soon. what else can i do?? i have pretty good control over my class for the most part, sometimes i think i'm a bit too controlling though and i think that stresses me out so much throughout the day. i try not to be controlling, but with such young kids, sometimes they need it. some of my kids really do, some of them don't. i think i need some pointers on classroom management. you don't learn about a lot of this stuff in school, and i'm really just curious to see what behavior techniques other people use to keep their class in order, but also aren't so strict on them. kids are smart, no matter their age... i def think my kids know what their doing when they don't listen, but i want to try and get better ideas of how to manage that rather than yell and get frusturated. over the last year and a half or so since i've been out of school, i've realized that classroom teaching isn't really my thing. i initally went to school to get my teaching license, but had a ton of trouble with the praxis and ended up having to get an interdisciplinary degree... special ed is my thing, i love one on one or very small groups. i know what my nitch is, i just need to get there... (which i'm sure i'll post another thread later on on actually getting to where i want to be and what i want my career to be lol). but for now, i have to do what i have to do... i have been in quite the funk lately, and lesson plans have just been kicking my butt. i'm also not the most creative person, so i struggle there as well. until i write a thread later on, is there any just general advice? sorry this is so long... i guess it ended up being more of a vent than i intended it to be... but any advice would be greatly appreciated!! i want to be a better teacher for my kids, and i want to set better examples for them and other teachers (i've been told on a number of occasions that i have the patience of a saint for working with this age lol) but i think i'm just beyond frusturated and stressed with trying to manage it all at once. i've gone to my office, curriculum coordinator, etc, a number of times, but they are all new and just as clueless as i am.... so i'm sure you can understand my frusturations! thank you in advance for reading all the way through, again, sorry this is so long!!! i appreciate it!