Practice, practice, practice! Kindergartners need to repeat things over & over to be able to really internalize classroom routines & procedures. Practice getting students' attention with a signal (maybe using a bell, chant, or rainstick) and then wait until all students are quiet. The first time you do the signal, it might take 10+ minutes for all kids to be quiet.... and it will seem like forever. But if you are consistent about waiting for all students to meet your expectations, they'll get there. Make sure to add lots of smiles, praise, and humor along the way. In my experience teaching kindergarten, I've found it's important to maintain a balance between being kind & firm.
If you don't have a classroom agreement about how to act in class, I'd try to create one with your students. Going back to that agreement over & over can help reinforce your expectations again.
Teaching kindergarten is an act of patience-- hang in there!
Best of luck,
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This video talks about classroom management and is specific to Kindergarten. Maybe it will be helpful for you?https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/classroom-management-during-centers?fd=1
This is one of those Zen questions like, "what is the sound of one hand clapping," right? 8-)
Body breaks are important for these little ones too. There are lots of great online videos (you tube - search body breaks and brain gym) that can give you ideas.
Thank you. I have a kindergarten teacher who is struggling. I need to help her get routines and procedures in place. It is bad and I think we are going to have to start all over again.
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