Hi everyone! Wow I survived my first week of teaching kindergarten for my first year of teaching. What a shocker at the amount of work that is required! Nothing on this green earth prepares you for what teaching is actually all about!! Beforehand I had procedures written for everything but when I actually started teaching I found there were a milliion that I had to come up with on the spot! The kids are great but I have a few questions..... 1. When the kids are on the rugs a few of them keep laying down, rolling around, touching each other, and actually crawling to another spot. It is driving me crazy!!! I don't want to stop everytime 1 does it because I would never finish what I am supposed to be teaching them. How do you get them to sit and listen quietyly on the rug? I have told them everyday this week what I want to see, then I actually tell them to show me, but then when I start a few of them start wandering!!!!!! Well another thhing is we don't have naptime and they get tired towards the halfway point of my day. 2. I have a few who just don't work that hard or something is wrong, I'm not sure? If I give them a blank paper, they will draw 1 circle and then put their name on it. While others will color the entire paper with beautiful artwork. Or when we are almost done with a worksheet, I will see that a little girl has not even started. She said that she can't do it. Even after I modeled it for her. A few of the key phrases that the kids who do not really work that much is, " I can't do it, I don't want to do it, That's all I want to do." In every case I show them, encourage them BUT I can't be spending every sec. with those few couple of kids. Any thoughts? 3. Also my calendar time is BORING, I dread doing it. How can I make it fun? Does anyone have a list of things that I should be doing? Any help is greatly appreciated. I never knew how much work a teacher had to do until now!! Wow, I am in awe that you all are doing it and doing it for so long and well! I am very immpressed! I hope I can survive my first year! 2.