So, as some of you may know from my past posts, I've been struggling a little recently with how to run and organize my classroom. In the beginning of the year I had rest time, 45 minutes of free choice, and my room had a block area, a housekeeping area, a table top toy area, etc. I based it on what I saw the other K teachers at my school doing, and what I learned in my pre-k student teaching. The district is trying to increase the expectations placed on kindergarteners, and most of the teachers are against the changes, because they feel like kindergarten is moving away from being developmentally appropriate. Most of the K teachers have been teaching at least 5 years, so there aren't many newbies like myself. Meanwhile, all of us new teachers are kind of torn. Honestly, the kindergarten I see in my district isn't the kindergarten that I saw in the district where I did my clinical and student teaching. In that district, the classrooms looked more like a first-grade classroom than a preschool classroom. I don't know if the teachers in my district are behind or right. Should a kindergarten room look more like a preschool classroom, with designated play areas (housekeeping, blocks, etc.) and rest time? Or should a kindergarten classroom look more like a first-grade classroom, with the library categorized by book bins (which K teachers don't do in my district), no rest time, and a smaller number of "toys" for free choice (by this I mean less dolls and toy food, and more Knex, board games, etc.). My classroom isn't really big enough to have both. In the beginning of the year about 1/3 of my small classroom was toys. Now, it's about 1/4 of the room. Over Christmas break I was planning on making my classroom library larger, by categorizing my books. This is going to take up a lot of room, however, so my play areas are probably going to go down even more in size. I just hope that I'm making the right decision. What do you guys think?