I just started teaching a group of 3 year olds... there are 10 of them. I'm the lead teacher, with an aide. Their other teacher just resigned. This is only my 2nd day with them, but one thing I've already learned is that they have such a difficult time behaving and participating during any sort of movement/dancing activity. Any time I put on a CD with a movement song, they go nuts. They won't stay in their squares, and they're running around the carpet or jumping on each other. For example, I played "Bear Hunt" song where they do all the different moves (running, rowing boat, climbing tree, etc.). This song has been a "never fail" for me so far in my career, even my tiny toddlers LOVED it. Yesterday though when we did it, all they did was run in circles around the rug and then they ended up jumping on and pushing each other, etc. (obviously we had to stop). I tried again today and I explained that we need to stay in our square, etc. But that was unsuccessful and when I attempted to get them to stop the running around and craziness one of the girls was like "But we always get to do it like this!" I'm just sort of baffled because I've never had this problem before. Usually, movement songs were the way to engage the kids I've worked with (preschoolers, and even my toddlers at my last job understood to stay in their space and not run wild). I think it may be partially due to what the previous teacher let them do. I know they're capable of following directions and participating... they are much better engaged and participating when they're sitting and we're reading a story or singing a song. It's kind of opposite of what you'd expect, hah. I'd really like to do movement/dancing activities with them, because these kids NEED to be active (especially being cooped up in the winter). But I feel like I need to establish new "ground rules" for these types of activities... how would you approach it with the kids, especially since their previous teacher may have had different expectations for them and they are still in the mindset? At this point, I'm going to avoid any sorts of movement things like this and attempt some activities without playing CDs (streches, simon says, finger plays, etc.). But eventually it would be nice if I could put a CD on and not have them go completely nuts.