What have I done?

Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by jesscolavt, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. jesscolavt

    jesscolavt Rookie

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    I realize that everyone goes through this in the first weeks of school, but I am totally freaking out. I switched from 3rd last year to K this year. Today was our first day, and boy was it a nightmare. I have twins who dominated all of my and my principal's attention today. Thankfully she was in the classroom with me, as I had to go retrieve one of them from outside on several occasions (I have a door that goes directly outside). He would not participate with the group, and was determined to do whatever it was that he wanted to do, despite what the group was doing. I feel like the group would be challenging enough without these two, but I feel hopeless with them. I left school today totally deflated, feeling like maybe 3rd wasn't so bad after all. I know that it will get better, just wondering how long it will take?
     
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  3. AKitchin

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    Im hoping this isnt how I feel after our first day! Im sure it will get better!
     
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    I still feel like this every year - and I've been in PReK for a loonngg time. They train quickly. You'll be amazed at how much easier it will be in just a week, and then in a month, you'll be sailing.
     
  5. MandaNicole01

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    Ok. I'll be honest...I always feel this way the first month! Once Halloween comes, I can breathe and the children are finally settled in! For the first week or so, I let the children roam around the room, go to the bathroom when they want (it is in my classroom), lay on the rug, etc. as long as they aren't putting themselves or someone else in danger and are quiet, I leave them alone. So what if you have one or two kids who want to stay in at their seats while the rest of the children are on the rug listening to the story! They will warm up in a few days...or else they will get escorted to the rug by the hand during bootcamp! lol During this time I do have most of my bookshelves covered in butcher paper so they won't pull things off the shelf. Then I reign them in! It's kinda of like the story, Miss Nelson is Missing. I want to keep them happy those first few days! After all, many of them already come to school in tears! Then after a week or so, I start taking the kid gloves off and start running my bootcamp of routines, procedures, etc.!:)
     
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    Oh I forgot to add...IT WILL GET BETTER! I PROMISE! IF you can make it till Halloween, you'll be fine! I promise it is worth it!!! It's exhausting for the first few months, but once you hit November, it's all good!!!:)
     
  7. christine89

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    I know how you feel with a child running out of the room! I have a very determined PreK boy in my class who tries to get out of my arms and run out. Sometimes I end up holding him a lot and hopefully this will get better. Although he's not the easiest to hold a lot, I feel thankful that he isn't crying because then I'd have a hard time teaching. Hang in there!!
     
  8. Pre-K Teacher 1

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    What a GREAT explanation! I'm going to use this for training purposes, if you don't mind.

    I really love this quote: Then after a week or so, I start taking the kid gloves off and start running my bootcamp of routines, procedures, etc.! :p
     
  9. backtoK

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    I will be the first to admit, I very much dislike the first 3-4 weeks of school. It takes about that long for them to settle down and get used to the routine. By Halloween, I love it!
     
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    Haha!:lol: I don't mind at all! I'm honored!!!:):D
     
  11. Tasha

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    It's rough. Every year I say that I can't believe how awful they are and that they aren't ready and I can't believe it takes an hour to color something, much less cut/glue and all that stuff, and then it gets a little better. The first week was rough this year and now the second week was much better, not perfect, but better. I think about 6 weeks in, it gets a lot better, but only if you put in the work all 6 of them. Repeat the rules/expectations every time you do something, then say it again, have the kids say it, model it, have the kids model it, say it again, and jyst when they've got it down good, you'll have a long weekend or something and have to say it all again. However, eventually, they will correct you if you do something out of order ;)
     
  12. MzMooreTeaches

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    I can agree. I have prek/kindergarten. So for about 3 weeks it was kinders only. This past week I had all 18 so it was almost like the first day of school all over again.

    But little by little my co-teacher and I have been pulling them in. Getting them use to a workcycle, carrying things in the classroom, walking in the hallway. then honestly each day amazinglt continued to improve
     

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