Well I don't know if it is me, the kids, or the school. But I am extremely seriously wondering if I have what it takes to continue and don't know if I can make it to Christmas. Can anyone help me with this particular problem: Center time. I am supposed to use center time to do my reading groups. But my students are so loud I can't do reading groups at all. I have a splitting headache by 9:30 every day. Maybe my centers are not right. Today I made extra centers so the groups would be smaller. I had one small group writing a story together, helping each other. Then they moved to the art center and illustrated their writing. The next group worked on the carpet with word and letter tiles. Next group read books together, near my reading table. The idea was to draw them over to my table from ther reading group. The last group was doing puzzles on the circle carpet. But they were so loud I had to remove 4 children from the centers and have them sit out reading for center time, spread around the room. Those who were supposed to be writing scribbled nonsense and got wild. Those illustrating, painted pictures that had nothing to do with their writing. The kids at tiles ended up throwing the tiles under the carpet and at each other while screaming. Puzzle people did pretty well. Over 1/2 of my students are so loud I feel assaulted. They simply do not know how to speak in a normal voice. Some might have hearing problems, but 1/2 the class?? What am I doing wrong? I have done my reading groups this way for several years, and even had 2 years where the kids could be almost totally independent, get their centers done and checked off, and I could work with readers. It is the end of Oct. and I have had reading groups twice. They aren't good at seat work either - one group finishes so fast they then are truly bored, the other group is not able to work independently. So that means I can't work with readers. Is it ok in first grade to not do reading???????????????????? Is there a new way to do reading?? I have a wide range. A couple who are reading far above grade level, and about 4 who don't know their letter sounds. A bunch in the middle. But I feel like a failure because I get super frustrated that I can't get to reading groups and I want to scream. (Also personal stuff going on that is eating up my composure and patience and creativity and humor, nothing to do with the kids.) I just wish I could figure a way to do my job and enjoy my job. Any ideas? Anybody share your daily schedule - maybe I need to tweak some stuff. Also, I have NO planning periods all week, and am lucky to get to go to the bathroom. This is not going to change. So any ideas on scheduling planning while the kids are busy with something else would be welcome.