who purposely disobeys, makes wrong choices and makes my teaching life a living you know what. It has gotten 10x worse since Christmas break. I know his aunt died at the end of 2012, and that probably plays in a bit, but here is a snapshot at his behavior -defies my orders -purposely gives the wrong answer -wanders around the room -touches my things (i.e. on my desk, calendar chart, etc.) -doesn't really do the work -can't keep his shoes on for the life of him I have to redirect him every 30 seconds it seems, and whenever I try to teach, he blurts out or plain makes weird noises. He is in the process of being tested for ADHD among other things. I have talked with the mom but admittedly probably not enough recently. I tried using team points but it does not phase him much when I erase a point off the students. They get upset at him, but he "likes it" when the teachers get a point instead. I try to redirect him by praising the child next to him; that usually works, but not for him. He still misbehaves right in front of me. Worst of all, I got a couple other immature boys, and once he starts, it quickly falls apart for 3-4 other boys, and then I'm left to erasing points, changing colors, etc. It's been sooooo frustrating as of late. I don't know what I can do... maybe I need to start sending him to the other 1st grade teacher, or maybe to the principal's office, but part of me wants to deal with it in-house unless it's really bad. He is a bright boy... it's all emotional and behavioral for him. He's reading at about a level F and scored 89% on sight words and has strong comprehension skills. He just can't stay focused. I'm going to try to implement a Scouts system... pass out "tickets" for prizes... see if that helps. Like today... he got up from the carpet and went to the back of the room. I addressed him but he just stayed there. We go through this almost everyday. I usually end up letting him stay there so I can teach my other 18 kids and not have them suffer for his gross misbehavior. Problem is, another boy has "teamed up" with him and is now copying the bad choices he is making. Maybe I should hold him in for recess? A whole week? I don't know. I try to keep things positive with him, but by the middle of the day I go into lecture mode. He is just making my 1st year incredibly difficult. He cannot stay quiet. Thankfully, he is somewhat of a "gentle giant." He doesn't really start fights or make others cry. They usually laugh (at?/with) him and his wacky antics. Any ideas on managing his behavior? I feel bad, but I've gotten to the point of telling him "I'll call your mom if you keep this behavior up..." he'll stop... but he doesn't maintain it. Maybe I should call his mom one of these days in class. I always thought I was pretty good at classroom management, but nothing in student teaching or the books ever prepared me for an emotionally troubled boy like this one. I seriously feel bad for the well behaved kids whose learning is being affected by my constant redirection of just this one impulsive boy. He's making teaching somewhat of a miserable experience, especially in the last month.