Let’s see, I could be one of our other kindergarten teachers…… One of hers came up missing on Monday after school, and another one came up missing on Tuesday after school, she’s been spit on, and one kid throws tantrums by rolling around on the floor (loudly) and throwing his shoes.
Mine are generally shaping up pretty well, we had a successful mock fire drill today, so maybe in the next few days when we have the REAL one, they will hold it together. They can now walk in line pretty well. The reality of kindergarten is starting to set in on some of them though. I had more criers today, one- off and on for most of the day. And a few are starting to test the limits. I do generally have a good bunch with nobody that is glaringly a behavior problem. There are 3 or 4 that could have academic problems, not all related to their English Language Learner status.
Today I got my 31st student. We have state mandated small classes in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, but not in kindergarten. Every year the academic expectations have increased in kindergarten, but they still give us over 30 kids. Two years ago, we had classroom aides to help in kindergarten, they pulled most of their time last year to work on 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students for mandated testing. This year we get nothing. Well that’s not entirely true. We get more kids.