All my years of teaching, I have had very little opportunity to visit other first grade classrooms. My classroom often descends into mayhem. Esp. at this time of year. I don't know if it is me or the kids. I try to post a schedule, have routines, and follow them, mostly. Yet the kids seem to go through wild periods, times of completely ignoring me, and either don't hear me or decide to just do what they want and take the consequences. Some seem hardened to the consequences. I have a headache every day - a couple students who CANNOT lower their voices, and parents won't follow recommendations for hearing tests. I feel discouraged. I am tired of them all , little darlings that they are. What does your first grade classroom, or others in your school, actually look like throughout the day. ARe they quietly sitting at their seats working? Are they at the circle with the teacher thrilled with doing the calendar for the 165th time? Singing songs? Running around the room? Hollering across the room to their friends?? My only saving grace is that the K class is even louder, and nobody seems to expect anything else from them. In the last few days I have had other staff stepping into my group and correcting my students when I am standing right there. To me, at the time, I was getting things under control but the other staff was not patient enough to stay out of it. Grrrr. time for school to be over? Don't you hate it when other adults step right in front of you an scold your children? That is one of my pet peeves.