I only do middle school when I'm feeling really needy for money. I'd rather lose the hundred bucks than spend the day with that age group. The first and only time I've done middle school this year was yesterday and I remember why I hate it. The kids are loud, unruly and rude. They have little to no respect for each other and for the "sub" who they seem to think isn't a "real" teacher. They make fun of everything and refuse to do the work their teachers leave for them. One girl yesterday argued with me non-stop. She wasn't very nice to her fellow students either. It struck me as strange, because she was very beautiful, and the type that kids would naturally gather around, but her attitude was so ugly, it was very off-putting. The sub folder was supplied with referral notices, and instructions saying to give three warnings before writing a referral. I gave her two, then basically hovered over her as she worked, so she squeaked out of getting the third warnign and a trip to the office. The sub folder also stated not to let the kids leave the classroom for any reason other than an emergency. Naturally, several asked to go to the bathroom, and I said no. They argued that their teacher lets them go and I "HAD" to do exactly what their teacher does. I told them I disagreed, and one kid told me he'd sue me if he got a bladder infection...I told him I wasn't too worried about that. (How 8th graders know about bladder infections is another mystery...) The last class of the day asked me if I was going to leave a bad report for their teacher. When I told them that I was, they whined and said they were gonna get "whupped." I told them they'd dug their own grave there and I had no intention of doing them any favors by lying to their teacher. So...how do you deal with middle school when you sub? The mouthiness drives me up the wall.