I'm trying to get excited for this coming year, but I'm so nervous...My team met last week to do our classes. We each have 18 kids: 12 boys, and 6 girls. To divide kids up, we looked at information from 4K teachers (if they attended), and parents. We had cards with each of the kid's names, and we placed a green sticker on cards with significant behavior problems (throws temper tantrums often, hits friends and throws things when he doesn't get his way, etc.). We ended up with 18 kids with stickers! That is 1/3 of each of our classrooms! In addition, I have three special needs students in my class. Two of them are severe enough ADHD (and possibly CD or LD, but not diagnosed in those areas yet) that they need a full-time aide. We don't have enough aides to go around, so they both have to be in the same classroom. The SPED teachers are nervous about them being together, because they are both very needy. Also, the aide that I am getting doesn't like working with younger children, and I haven't heard very many good things about her... I know that I'm going to have to do things differently this year...I want to spend a few weeks on building community, and I want to do community circles daily. I'm just REALLY nervous! This will also be my first year working with children with special needs. Any suggestions on how to survive the year would be great. I'm sure I'll be posting every day on here.