What do you do with the complete disrespectful attitudes of some of your students? I usually have tons of patience, and for the most part really enjoy working with middle school students because they do offer a lot of positives. But...I work so hard and long to just TEACH these kids and when I get attitude for no reason and when I am just tired (third quarter blues), it gets me down. Today, I argued back with an adolescent in front of the class(which I know is the worst thing to do)...and I know it did more harm than good. I was tired and just didn't need the eye-roll and finger snap, and the talking back, and the smirks....What do you do when your patience has just run out and you wish (not really---don't want anyone to think that I would actually do it) just give them a kick in the behind. Where do you draw the line about your own self respect, pride, and just needing basic respect? and how do you get that accross without lecturing? Not that I want butt-kissing...Anyways, had that kind of day! Ahhhh!