I am a new Kindergarten teacher, and this week was the first full week of school (last Friday was the first day). I am already so tired and frustrated. I always thought that I would have a very orderly classroom where students knew what was expected of them and behaved appropriately, but I feel like I have been constantly reminding kids to behave and disciplining. Today my class was about a minute late for lunch (Do you know how long it takes Kindergarteners to go to the bathroom, wash their hands, and line up in alphabetical order?! ), and a 4th grade teacher really chewed me out about it. Our school is a Reading First school for the first year, and so we are required to have 120 minutes of reading instruction. 60 minutes of that is straight from the basal (Harcourt), and of course the kids don't have the attention span to sit through the lessons. It's so hard to get through the hour long basal lesson every day. I don't think the kids are having any fun, and I don't think any of them like me at all. My parapro is constantly criticizing me, and she has made me feel like I am not doing anything right. I just wish I could see a light at the end of the tunnel.