Hi Everyone! I am looking for some advice. I was recently hired to work in the (1 yr old) Toddler room of an early education center. I am very excited to do this as I have waited a long time to be able to pursue this as a career, so yes, I do have a bright and shiny idealistic view of what I can do. However, I did not get off to a great start with my peers. The second day of my first week as the Head teacher, the Assistant Teacher literally sat all day long and played on her cell phone. She did get up and help distribute lunch, but that was it. So basically I was caring for 8 little one year old's all day long. Needless to say, nothing got done that day and I couldn't indicate any learning experiences on my paperwork. I was frustrated and discussed the situation with my Center Director. During our discussion, I learned that this is a frequent problem with this particular assistant. Unfortunately, my complaint caused her to get "written up" again. Since I'm the new girl everyone knew who complained, and while very few were upset, the part time Co-teacher and Assistant in my Classroom are now quite brusque with me. I have lots of great ideas for making our classroom a more exciting environment. I want to sing and dance and do some puppetry and make the educational activities more interactive. I also think teaching some sign language (eat, more, all done) would be helpful. However, my ideas are being brushed off. Again, I know I'm new to this as a career, but I am not new to working with children of this age. My Mom was an in-home provider the entire time I was growing up. I raised my own son, and two of my sisters children. I'm currently raising 2 toddlers for a friend of mine who got into trouble with drugs. Point being, I know how to deal with one year old's. (I'm 39, btw). So my question is, how do I best approach this situation? It's too late to take back my complaint against the assistant. I realize they're mad at me, but I think my ideas would be really helpful in the classroom. How do I win my co-worker's back? Do I sit back and wait a few months before pushing my ideas? Or do I initiate some of them individually with children and see how it works? The last thing I want to do is be pushy, but giving children a piece of paper and some colors and walking away is NOT how I want my classroom to be. I want a playful environment that is rich in educational opportunities. There are no pictures on the walls, there are no books in the classroom, no circle time, no simple exercises, nothing similar to anything I've done with the one year old's in my life. I'm frustrated. Any suggestions?