Hello. I recently started a new job as an assistant teacher at a local "day school" in the 3yr/4yr room. I don't have much experience working with younger children, but I do enjoy it. Going into the job I wasn't sure what expectations to have for 3/4 yr olds...behavior, listening skills, etc. After reading through the many pages of posts on this forum I realize that the class I am in is waaay behind and would benefit from more structure BUT since I'm not the lead teacher (an inexperienced to boot) it really isn't my place. I am getting burned out already though. I spend ALL day correcting behavior, that's it. Out of my 8 hour day I spend maybe 20 minutes actually instructing. The lead teacher maybe spends an hour, maybe. The only behavior management system in place is time out. I have several problem children that will simply ignore me and walk away. I have to follow them around the room and when I get down to their level and try to speak to them they sometimes won't even look at me. Is this normal? And btw, I am firm and consistent with the kids(to the point where I imagine all the children think I'm the mean teacher). I like the idea of a reward system. Using a "magic bag" and offering some type of prize like a hand stamp or sticker. I am afraid of stepping on the lead teacher's toes though. Any advice or suggestions? Also, if anyone can't point to a website or provide info on what should be expected of older3's/4 yr olds, it would be most helpful. Thank you!