I have a student who is diagnosed with a specific learning disability and bipolar disorder. I also strongly believe he has ODD. He has a very hard time dealing with authority, is very impulsive and says things that are just downright nasty and rude. He does not take responsibility for the negative behaviors he exhibits, and does not see how he is "in the wrong" when he does these things. Today in math class, he refused to copy some problems from the overhead. Nothing in his evaluations or from my observations indicates that he is incapable of copying 3 problems (and their answers) from the overhead. So, after many prompts and different attempts to get him to do it (chatting one-on-one, offering to help him, setting him up with a peer mentor, etc)....I just counted it as insubordination. I told him that I would write him up, but that was at the end of the period and I didn't get a chance to get his signature on the detention slip. He freaked out on me for the detention, but the freak out was short lived because the bell rang. Now, knowing everything in the first paragraph...how do I approach him and explain his consequence without a major meltdown? He should know it's coming because I left a message on the home phone, but he still handles consequences very irrationally even when he knows they're coming (for example, he called me a "bitch" to my face the last time I gave him a detention). Obviously, my previous attempts of getting him to understand and accept consequences have failed, so I need any advice I can get!