What do you do when kids overwhelm you?
I have 33 first graders who seem to have more internal and emotional damage than typical. I have tried positive & negative tactics to keep them on task but they don't stay there. There are just too many for me to manage and teach, too. I've been at this for over 30 years and have never felt this overwhelmed and frustrated. I feel guilty that the kids who can and will listen have their time taken by the majority who misbehave, talk, ignore, play, move, etc. Then there are the ones who pay so little attention that they are not getting what they need. My empathy level is high and almost everyone has a set of baggage that would cripple an adult. There is no aide and my parents can't or won't volunteer. The room is overcrowded and I cannot even table the desks because they get too loud and are not able to see the board. Centers never work well because of the noise and I am under pressure to get results. I miss the joy of teaching so much. Those rare occasions when I have just a few kids are great. Ideas?
- Pre K-2
- Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement / Planning