I have to admit, the thought of teaching teenagers use to seem very intimidating to me. But I luckily have found that the good times greatly outweigh the bad. Many of my students are friendly, genuine, and have enjoyable personalities that can really put on a smile on my face. HOWEVER, there are still those few that are sullen, disrespectful, and defiant that can make my days a nightmare. I know I'm lucky that those students are greatly outnumbered by the pleasant ones, but I find even one "negative" student can sour the bunch for me at times. I try really hard not to take it personally when a student is rude/disrespectful towards me or display other uncalled for behaviors. But I have to admit that sometimes I find it hard to let it go and even though I may have 10 positive experiences for every negative, it's that negative moment that brings me right down. I know teens are a particularly challenging group because they are at that age where they have a lot going on. Do you ever feel that you take things too personally sometimes? Is there a way not to take these things to heart?