I'm the K teacher at my school, and after our wonderful experienced prek teacher retired, a teacher aide with no teaching experience at any grade level was hired in her place. I was given the responsibility of training her during my preps (as if I have the time). She's trying but has no idea what she's doing, and it was obvious when I went in to help today. Her current schedule: 1. calendar stuff for almost a half hour -struggles to keep the kids attention (obviously) 2. reads any old book she can find (usually a boring one because she doesn't know how to look for books that will hold kid's attention) 3. they do a worksheet (again, kids are bored. many refuse to work or cry for a while) 4. they play for a half hour (running around wherever and dumping out toys) 5. they clean up and practice flash cards or listen to another story There isn't really a behavior management system besides being threatened to go to the office or to their chairs. I've given the teacher and her helper some advice but gosh, I don't know where to start. I taught preschool a few years but am rusty. Where to begin!!??? I'm thinking I need to give her a clear schedule to follow and some themes to follow (we have lots of teacher books). I'll go in and model a day for her next week (dreading how exhausting this all will be). PLEASE give me some suggestions on a good 3 hour schedule and what she should be doing every day? Why isn't there a crying emoticon? That's what I want to use right now..I have to get these kids next year! Thank you!