Maybe it was because it was Monday.
Maybe it was because we've been together for about 3 weeks.
Maybe it was because they just were hired for their jobs.
Maybe it was because they have no money yet (payday is this Friday ... same day that I get paid... so that I don't forget).
Whatever the case, they tested me... and believe me, they'll test you, too.
First, it was their morning seat work. Not all of them finished, and some of them flat out didn't think it was a big deal to even start it!
Then, it was walking outside to the playground. Where's my line?
Next, it was the disregard for being respectful in the hallway, while taking a bathroom break.
"Oh, you mean I can't do a cartwheel in the bathroom?"
At that point in the day... you have three options:
Option #1: Power through... teach the math lesson, and give them a lecture about their behavior.
Option #2: Yell at the students because you're SO frustrated that they're not following your nicely written rules over by the door! Yeah, that's effective. (Not really).
Option #3: Stop everything, and have a discussion with them about how you feel, what you saw, and how we're going to handle it if it continues (because it will if you let it).
As you might know, I prefer Option #3... every time.
Come back tomorrow, and I'll tell you what we do, and how it's so effective in our classroom, and how I had at least 4 students come up to me TODAY and told me that I'm a great teacher, and they love being in our class after our discussion (and this coming from 2nd graders!!)
By the way... I'm not looking for students to say that ... but I'd rather have them say THAT, then for them to be afraid in the classroom, and not want to come for whatever reason. Wouldn't you?