Hi everybdy! I am new on the board and just want to post a question/general wondering. I am a third year teacher who is teaching 1st grade for the 1st time. I taught 2nd for my first 2 years. I am finding the transition hard. We have had 4 days of school and it seems like 4 weeks but we have gotten about what I think would be 1 day of work done. They are SOOO little. I didnt think it would be that different from 1st to 2nd but it is. They never quit chatting and I feel like I shouldn't have to be raising my voice and using my disicpline plan (which is working ok) as much as I am. There is really only one realy behavior problem but hte rest are just in space or never stop talking or have to go to the bathroom every 10 minutes. I felt so defeated when it took about 20 minutes to pass out manipulatives for a game. Not teach the game...just pass things out! I am a structured person and in 2nd grade I was able to train my students much quicker. They knew what I wanted when I wanted it. My 2nd graders could work on something quietly for more than 2 minutes. Everyone says they will mature and it is so great to watch, but I feel like I am not giving my best as a teacher. I was involuntarily moved from 2nd but it was for a good reason, 2nd grade had low numbres and admin made my principal move someone. I am the lowest man on the totem pole. He did also tell me that he really needs a string 1st grade. But anyway...do you think my feeling will change or is this going to be a LONG year? Any suggestions?