I haven't been an elective teacher for long, but this year, it's taking a toll on me. I had the issue with the homophobic 7th grader's dad, and now I have kids wanting to leave because they're failing the elective. This elective is probably one of the easier electives (as opposed to band, foreign language, and art). All you have to do is complete the projects and stay on task. I grade very easily, as long as they get their work done. These particular kids don't do anything in class, and then start failing. Their parents get angry and call (all 7th grade parents - this is why I can't deal with teaching 7th grade, they're too helicopter-y) telling me that their kids want to switch electives. I'm sorry, I can't help them. The only other elective open right now is band, and that's not really something you can jump into mid-year. I also have a feeling that the main reason these kids want to switch out is because they're failing because they're not doing anything or caring at all about the elective. I don't get these kinds of issues with my core class because I guess it's a required class, and kids don't really feel that they have a choice in it. Because it's an elective, they think they can just switch out when they're failing and fail in another class. </rant> I think I'm just getting touchy because it feels like a rejection of me and the class, when I put a lot of effort into making it fun and interesting for everyone. We do a lot of cool and fun projects that 90% of the class enjoys, but there are a few that have bad attitudes or are just extremely lazy.