and my class would settle again, I got a new student. I hate to label a child I just recently met, BUT after seeing what he's about and what he's capable I can't help but think he's only evil. This student gets frustrated almost immediately with things and acts on his frustrations destructively: i.e. the multiplication book we made today was 1 of the many pieces of paper that has been shredded this week. He has tried many times to manipulate me, saying that he was not going to follow my expectations or rules unless I did x thing for him. I have not backed down to him, but he is beginning to set the bar for the other students prone to trouble that I made huge strides with. (The student that has been the greatest management challenge this year turned to me right after an altercation he was not a part of and said, "Wow, he's worse than me!") Today was the hardest day with him. Yesterday he told me his dad has been withholding his medication since he doesn't think his son's ADHD requires it. Ok, so I understand that may be why he gets frustrated on a dime, but it doesn't give him the right to physically harm others or damage other's property. So, the least I can do is move him away from the student the altercation involved, but do I make him sit completely away from everyone? Would that encourage the mostly mutually hostile feelings or help him focus on adjusting to my class? I wish I had more experience to draw on, but this has been one hell of a year so far. I keep thinking that my second year, if nothing else, will be better.