Do kids argue with adults more than they used to? I'll admit that I may be wrong, but as I remember it, I would never argue with an adult when I was a kid. I was terrified of getting into trouble, and "talking back" as my mother called it was huge on the NO list in my house. The last two days I was subbing in a second grade class where it seemed like all the kids did was argue with me. Some of it was just standard things that I face in any classroom. I was doing things "wrong" because it wasn't exactly the same as their teacher. Generally I just assure them that it isn't my first rodeo, that I've done whatever it is that they're concerned about before, and while my approach may not mirror their teacher's approach completely, it'll have the same ending effect. One student, though, was passionately arguing with me over a math problem. It was subtracting multiple digits and the digit on top was a zero. I explained that they had to borrow from the tens, cross out...etc...to make it from a zero to a ten. This girl told me it should be eleven. She would not let go of the idea that it should be eleven. I went back over it (I'll admit I've made errors before while trying to write and explain at the same time, just like any teacher) but there was no way to make it an eleven. She just would not accept that. "But our teacher said..." over and over, louder and louder. She would not let me move on. I finally had to just end it and move on. Another example has to do with the butterflies that they had changing. The students were asking about the red substance near the cocoons, thinking it was blood. The aide explained that it was just a substance that the butterflies didn't need, but the kids were convinced it was blood, raising voices with "Our teacher said!" I also had a kid trying to tell a parent volunteer what he would or wouldn't do. Oy...this is just this week's examples. Perhaps it is because I sub and the students are locked into their routines, but I encounter so much arguing...it amazes me. I generally shut it down very quickly, unless, like in the case of the math problem it might be an issue of not understanding. Is it an end of the year thing? Is that what's making them so difficult lately?