I'm a new preschool teacher, still working on really doing a good job of actually teaching. I am the only teacher in a 3-4 year old room, with 9 kids. Yes, I am exhausted by the end of the day, and today I'm frustrated. I have a group of three boys who are always together. One is the undisputed leader of their group. The others are more than willing to follow his instructions a vast majority of the time, with no concern as to whether or not his suggestions are good ideas. He likes to tell one of the other boys to disrupt class, repeatedly. And he listens, almost every time.
How do I deal with this? I've talked to both of them, but thus far it hasn't done any good. I know part of it is my fault, if they were fully engaged in what we're doing disrupting wouldn't happen so much. I'm working on it and will be revamping morning meeting next week to get everyone more engaged and involved. I also give them something to do if there's going to be any waiting for more than a minute or so. Usually it means sitting with a book, which they enjoy. I'm just not sure how to talk to them about it.
Any teachers or parents have suggestions?