Hey everyone, I am an aspiring teacher who is fortunate enough to be hired as a paraprofessional at a high school right now for the 2009-2010 school year. I have been on the job for a little over 2 months now and am wondering about what I should do when it comes to certain situations. I connect with the students I help, and I think the reason why I connect with them so well is because I look young (I'm 23); the kids all thought I was still in high school. I believe that they don't really see me as an adult, but as someone the school hired that is "awesome." Anyway, I consider myself a very warm and friendly person with a lot of patience and I guess because of this also, the kids are very comfortable around me; we joke around and such. But sometimes, they ask me questions that are inappropriate like if I have smoked marijuana before, etc. Has this ever happened to you guys? What do you guys do? I mean obviously, I should make something up but I'm a horrible liar. The moment I lie, I start to smirk. Is it also okay to joke around (as long as it's appropriate)? I don't want to give you guys the impression that I'm not doing my job. As far as I know, the teachers and other paraprofessionals tell me I'm doing a great job; it's just these particular moments that I question myself if my actions are "professional" enough. Hopefully, this makes sense. If not, I'll rephrase it.