I teach two levels of a high school subject. One is an intro course that everyone has to take. The other is more of a choice course because it's harder than the intro course, yet it fulfills the same requirement. Thus, kids who take this course tend to care more about their grades. So in my intro courses, I have the usual knuckleheads, kids who don't care to be at school, kids who can challenge you behaviorally, etc. As this school year comes to an end, I find myself reflecting upon my students and realize my absolute, most horrible student isn't a behavioral issue student. It's one of my students in the more advance class. What type of person she is: -At least 3-4 times this year, she has approached me with her test/quiz and told me I made a mistake. I can understand if I make a mistake once or twice. But on hers? And only hers? Today she pulled one again. At one point, I even started photocopying her paper before handing it back to her. Today, I got sloppy and forgot to. -At the end of the 1st semester, we did a project where they were responsible for a piece of equipment. I told them I would deduct 20% of their grade if they don't return the equipment to me. Due to some craziness in scheduling and my TA messing up equipment check in, I misunderstood that another group had forgot to turn in their equipment. This was before Christmas break and she stood in front of me as I vented. It was only after Christmas break that she admit it was her group that didn't turn in the equipment. In other words, she stood there and listened to me rant knowing full well what is going on but rather let the other group take the fault. -She's turned in test/quiz with the correct answer and no work to back it up. It's just fake work, and a copied answer. -She's tried to ask her classmate to help her cheat. -She was given an extra credit assignment over Christmas break and told to e-mail it to me. She didn't and when we came back from break, she said she e-mailed me. When I said no, she adamantly insists she did. I gave her another chance to e-mail it to me because there's a sliver of chance that it COULD be true. When she did, it was not what I asked for, plagiarized, and obviously a recycled assignment from another class. -She once strolled into my room (not the period she's in), stopped me during a lecture, and casually asked me to borrow a pen. -She would ask me to borrow things (tapes, stapler, pens, pencils, scissors), use them, and then just leave them wherever she pleases. There's a host of other things she's done that is academically dishonest. I absolutely regret not documenting everything to a T and nailing her for it early on. At this point, with only one week left and me not returning to this school, I really don't want to pick this fight. But reflecting back on this school year, I find her to be the type of student I abhor dealing with, moreso than any behavior problems I had this year. Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.