I teach PreK in a daycare setting. I’ve been struggling with students who feel my classroom rules do not imply to them because they were the favorite in their previous classroom last year or two years ago and did not have to follow the same rules as their peers or received extra attention/treats because the teacher they had found them “cute.” I am desperately trying to convey to my principal how frustrating it is to have to break students of this attitude of “the rules don’t apply to me” that previous teachers have instilled in them. I try to treat all my students the same and have one set of rules that I expect all of them to follow. I also have a coworker who visits one of my students twice a day because he is her all time favorite and it is disruptive to my day and has made correcting behavior problems with this student difficult, extremely difficult. On one occasion this student was having a very difficult day. I had just talked to him about interrupting and correcting teachers (he does this me all the time and 9 times out of 10 I have said exactly what I meant). I let her know that the student was having a rough day. She immediately starts cuddling him and telling him it’s okay. This is happening a lot lately. I am desperately searching for studies that proves or lists the negative effects of favoritism. It frustrating trying to convey to my coworkers that their blatant favoritism makes my job harder. Has anyone else experienced this?