Here's how teachers can help early elementary students who are seriously disruptive in class.
Let's consider two children any kindergarten teacher will recognize:
Alejandro is a bundle of energy as he enters the classroom. After a quick "Hi" to his teacher, he tosses his things into his cubby and joins a group of friends who've discovered the new magnets. Hearing the teacher's signal for circle time, Alejandro says to his buddies, "Put them back in the box. We gotta go!" In a moment, he's on his sit-upon, singing the Good Morning Song.
Emma enters the classroom, ignoring the teacher's friendly greeting. As she jams her belongings into her overstuffed cubby, she steps over her lunch box, which has tumbled to the floor. Just after Emma joins the children in the writing center, a child in the group calls for help because Emma is grabbing her things. Ignoring the teacher's redirection to come to another area, Emma slaps at a girl and pushes a basket of markers to the floor. "It's going to be another one of those days," the teacher sighs.