Our students returned to classes this past Tuesday. On Tuesday, we (my cooperating teacher and I) had a model class -- they even received 5 compliments (we are counting them) from other teachers/administrators! For the past three days, however, it has steadily gone downhill. We have several (mostly but not all girls) students who seem to just HAVE to talk, no matter what is going on or where we seat them. There are about three students who will sit there apparently paying attention when given an assignment, but when released to actually do the assignment, start asking "What (or How) are we supposed to do?" One girl decided in the middle of class on Thursday, that she was going to rear back in her chair and put her feet on her desk! (My response was that I energetically put both of my hands down on her desk at once, and asked her if she put her feet on the furniture at home! Her only response was to move her feet!) We have one boy who was sending a threatening note to another student, and another one who thinks it is okay and funny to climb all over his (mostly plastic) chair, causing the chair and him to tumble to the floor, and the other kids to laugh. I am old, and have noticed for quite some time (in many venues) that the moral code that I grew up with and that I tried to instill in my daughter is not quite in sync with that of others. For some reason, being honest, polite, and respectful don't mean anything anymore! This is also my first week student teaching, so there is that to take into account. I think that the kids are just pushing the boundaries to see how far they can take things. This week we simply went over procedures, discussed them, and practiced them. One time, they had to go down and then up the stairs 5 times before they got it right! Anyway, 'scuse the rant, and back to my original question: Is this normal?