Do you feel like there's a lot of talking back lately? Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'm sure I was smacked across the mouth at least once as a kid for doing it. The mere threat of it would shut me up. The kids today do it as a sport because they know there will be no consequences. I sent a kid to the principal for it yesterday when I heard him smart-mouth another teacher. Granted, it was part of a series of misbehaviors on his part all morning and I'd had enough. He just blamed it on another student. Then today, a student tossed a book across the aisle at another kid. When I moved her clip down on the behavior chart, she denied that she'd done it. I told her that I and three other students had seen her do it. She looked me square in the eye and said, "You're lying." This particular student, like the one above has no consequences at home. Parental contact results in "we'll talk to him/her," but no change in behavior. This class I have right now...I fear for their teachers when they're older... And before someone comes back with a response that I'm promoting hitting kids after reading my first line, I'm not. I'm simply stating that when I was a kid there were consequences and punishments for my actions. I don't see that with my generation as parents.