I've got a student who is quite odd. He was new to our district this year. He repeatedly ignores directions, does not follow routines, is always doing things at inappropriate times, etc... but it is not out of defiance. He lacks a lot of common sense. We will call him Tim. A few examples: Yesterday, I called them all to line up for specials. I'm in an elementary building and we had a costume parade. One of my students had a giant box (the size of a small refrigerator- not a mini fridge, but something you'd find in an apartment). I come back to my room. I'm grading papers and eating a snack. I spill stuff all over the papers and I mutter a very bad word. (not yell, not exclaim, but mutter. I'm a closet potty-mouth :lol: I don't think my mom or sister have ever heard me say a bad word, but when I'm alone, well, it is very different :lol A minute later, a voice asks "Am I the only one in here?" What?! Tim was sitting behind the other students' large costume, on the floor. Even though I didn't say the word loudly (due to A. being in a school and B. my classroom door was open), I'm sure he probably heard me. I tell him "They've been in gym for 20 minutes! Why didn't you line up when I told the class to line up?!" His response "Well I didn't know." What?! Me "Class line up for gym" Class: noisily lines up for gym. How do you miss that?! Second example from yesterday: During my planning, the teacher next door asked if I could watch her kids for a second. She had to pick something up from the printer which is on the opposite side of the school, next to the gym. She would pick my kids up for me. No biggie. Sure. So I stand near the door of the other class. Tim is toward the end of the line as my class walks to our classroom. He sees me and comes into the other classroom. His classmates are all waiting outside of our door. They knew the other teacher picked them up and was walking with them. He, for whatever reason, didn't pay attention to that and thought he should just enter the classroom in which I was standing. He was almost at the end of the line. He didn't pick up that the other kids were all standing outside of our classroom. Other typical behaviors: Me: "Class, clear everything off of your desks. You don't even need a pencil for our next lesson." Class complies. Two minutes later, Tim is out of his seat sharpening his pencil while I am teaching. Me: "Tim, you know you are not allowed to sharpen your pencil while I am speaking to the class. I told you that you didn't even need a pencil. Why are you sharpening your pencil right now?" Tim: "Well, I don't know. It is dull." He is SOOOOO disorganized/unprepared. He never has his homework despite his mother telling me it gets completed. I totally believe mom, too. I asked her one day last week if he has always been like this and she said yes. She was wondering if I had any advice. My response was that I'll think about it. I'm coming up with nothing. I've never had a kid like this. Frankly, I'm losing patience with him. I've tried to talk to him gently about it. Didn't help. I was more firm with him. Didn't help. I'm not fully annoyed and about to lose it on him. (I don't, but I bite my tongue while he is doing his crazy stuff!!) The rest of the class has lost patience with him. He has no medical diagnosis of any kind. He is very small for his age and his hair is long. At open house, I thought he was a girl. My partner teacher was talking about this kid in my homeroom that she couldn't tell if it was a boy or girl. I told her they must not have come to my room, because I didn't see anyone like that. (I later realized they came to my room and I thought it he was a girl without any doubt!!) This doesn't feel ADD to me, even though he is almost never actually on task and focused. Has anyone had a kid like this? Any suggestions? I'm stumped. My patience will not last another 136 days with him!!