This is my second placement. My first was in nursery. Now 8 weeks into second placement in kindergarten. Teacher has 2 years experience. I am finding it VERY chaotic. I would like to know what is usual in a kindergarten room.
When children are asked to come do something - group time, an activity, lineup - they refuse and are allowed to do as they wish.
Children do not follow rules - running in class - sometimes they are told to stop and sometimes no effort is made to stop this behaviour. It is a small room so there is a risk of injury or knocking another child over.
3/4 of the children are not quiet at rest time. They walk around the room. Talk loudly disturbing sleeping children. They are not given a quiet activity.
At group time, 1/3 of the class is fighting, talking, facing the wrong way. Several other won't come. Several wander of.
Teacher tells children to do or not do something. Children answer back.
Teacher tells children to do or not do some several times and teacher gives up.
I am not wanting to criticise the teacher. I have no idea what is normal. It does seem to me that the children are doing really what they wish.