I have been thinking a lot about how to maintain a positive mindset in spite of behavior problems. My student teaching has been difficult because of all of the behavior problems that we have. Apparently, the class of 8th graders that I have has been a nightmare since 5th grade. One thing that I am working on is keeping a positive/calm mindset despite behavior problems. I know that I can't change my students' behaviors, but I can change how I react to it. I can handle the kids' behaviors in the morning but I have been alone with kids the past two afternoons (I never teach afternoon block since it's a different subject, but I was subbing for my mentor.) I'm having a really hard time maintaining a positive mindset and staying calm despite these issues. Here are a few things that happened over the past few days: -A student telling me to get out of his face--which I ignored -Two girls refusing to come back into class. -A student running around the classroom with his hood covering his face--which we had to ignore -Students repeatedly walking out of class without permission. I told one student I would have to call his mother, and he said "you're just a student teacher, she won't believe you." Today, we were watching a movie in science as I subbed for my mentor. The good news is that the kids were quiet during the movie and we didn't have kids walking in and out of class like usual at the end of the day. Kids did not sit in their assigned seats and were on their phones the whole time. I asked two boys to move back but they refused. Two students refused to take their headphones out. It was obnoxious but I tried not to let it affect me and I remained calm. I kept/enforced the expectation that students were quiet during the movie, which they were and their "reward" was recess for 15 minutes at the end of the day. I had a conversation with one of the students at the end of the day who refused to move seats which went alright. However, I am really trying to keep a positive mindset and not let it affect me at the end of the day. My student teaching is almost over and I know my school next year has much better behavioral structures than the school I am in now. However, I am sure I will have some behavior problems and I am really trying to improve my own mindset and not get so frustrated.