I’m at my wits end! I need to vent! Badly. It’s 3 weeks into the school year – 3 whole weeks – and these kids in my class still don’t get it – and I can’t figure out why! Usually by this time we have found our rhythm and are a happy class! Usually it’s just a couple kids that need a little extra guidance – but everyone else is fine. Not this year.
Just yesterday 3 books in our book area were destroyed – the covers ripped right off – and no one will admit to doing it! (Why did I turn my back for so long?!) And this after we constantly go over how to treat books and how special they are!
They still can’t walk in a line – if I’m not constantly telling them wherever we go to follow the person in front of them – they simply wander off! If they don’t wander off they bump into things and I have to keep from laughing! I know that sounds mean – but really – the stunned expression on their face is quite amusing!
And there is no use giving them simple instructions – they don’t seem to understand. I told one child, “Please go put this book on the brown table for me.” (We only have one brown table and we use it daily at circle time – it was about 6 feet away and I pointed to it). The child proceeds to walk in the opposite direction in which I pointed and refused to listen to my redirection. He walks around the classroom with a lost expression on his face for a few minutes before comming back to inform me we don’t have a brown table! When I showed him the brown table – he gave me a stunned look as if I must have made it appear out of thin air!
Some can’t even go to the bathroom without being walked through the process (i.e. telling them to wipe, flush, wash hands with soap, dry hands, and throw the paper towel away).
I have never had a class like this! And they have absolutely no attention span! They also have a complete lack of respect for adults. They talk back, tell us no, and laugh in our faces when we correct their behavior! Where did they learn this behavior?! I certainly hope their teachers from last year didn’t let them act this way!
I need help! I.AM.DONE.
(deep breath…or two or three)
There. I feel better now. I vented. But seriously it’s not good. I wrote about my frustrations with the class here – but I would have thought 2 weeks later we wold have had some progress! We have our good moments – don’t get me wrong. And it’s not every single child – but it’s about half of them! And for me – that’s too many!
I will take suggestions! If anyone has any games or stories to help teach listening and following direction skills – I will be more then happy to hear them! Also, they don’t know spacial concepts such as in front, behind, over, under, next to, etc. If anyone has any good ideas for teaching this, it would help as well. I need to find away to get this class together! I can’t go through the year like this – and talking to parents or writing notes will only get me so far – any suggestions are welcome! 🙂