So I teach the 2nd grade class first today and everything went smoothly. The kids listened well, we sang songs, practiced flash cards and had a really fun time. Another ICT teacher videoed my lesson for some reason. I really thought the class went well. Kids left in high spirits and so did I.
Then I went to the 2nd period class with the 1st graders. Oh man oh man oh man. These kids were little hell cats. It's like someone shot sugar straight into their circulatory systems. They were jacked up and roaring to go. Kids couldn't sit down, couldn't listen, etc.. They were standing on chairs, jumping around, acting silly to the point that I couldn't teach.
Sometimes you just have use a little psychology and competition to make kids toe the line. These hell cats turned into kittens in no time and our lesson turned out fun, exciting and great.