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    Is there recess? Play time? If you've tried some things, then I would take one of these away from the students who misbehave. I'm sure it sounds kind of mean to take one of these away from a kindergartener, but if they can't behave, then I think this is worth trying. It wouldn't have to be all of recess or all of playtime, but 5 or 10 minutes may do the trick. Have them sit quietly at a table while the others are playing or at recess. Then let them join in after 5 minutes. Before you try this, you may want to talk to the students who talk the most. Take them aside and explain to them they have to follow the rules. Make sure they know how they have broken the rules and ask them how they are going to fix the problem. Explain that if the problem doesn't get fixed, you will take away a portion of recess or play time. If that doesn't work, call the parents and explain what you have done. See if the parents will do something. If the parents won't, then you should try to have a meeting for you, the principal, the student, and his or her parents. At this meeting, you should explain your rules, the warnings you've given the student, the punishments, the meeting with him, the contacting of parents, etc. Then all of you should try to work on an agreement that will satisfy everyone involved, especially the student. Another thing to remember is that it's the second week of school. By the end of the first month, I'm sure you'll be well aware of who works well with whom. Then you can have a seating arrangement where you can place students by people you know will allow them to work quietly. Also, be realistic with your expectations. I'm not sure what your expectations are. [If you are] Expecting them to work in COMPLETE silence is not a realistic expectation IMO, especially at the beginning of the year. You might want to allow them to whisper to the people who are sitting around them during work time, as long as they aren't distracting anyone else. I wish you luck and I hope these insights were helpful to you! I've never taught kindergarten, so it's hard for me to give you first hand information.


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