Any advice on avoiding conrontations with students? I know I shouldn't, but it's so easy to "give it back to them", if you know what I mean. I always want to be smart back with them and I know that's a big no-no! And I know that's exactly what they want to happen. I realize that the teacher never wins in confrontations with students. Examples of students' comments to me: You're such a blonde! Nobody likes you. Your children are going to hate you. I hate you. You're so ugly. You look like Frankenstein. Okay, I could go on but you get the point. These kids are middle school high functioning LD self-contained students. So I have them for 2 or more periods a day.