I will start out by saying that I have not always had the easiest of classes in my 4 years of teaching. I have had a student who had ADHD and was also diagnosed as being bipolar. This student was on at least 5 different medications during the time I had her and not by any means "easy to handle". However, we made it out alive and she left learning something, knowing how to control herself better, and even liking me. I also had another student who was just overall a "behavior issue". He had some home issues but mostly just wanted to do what he wanted to do. I developed a behavior plan for him and he improved greatly throughout the year. There were several other students in these same 2 classes that fed off those two as well. I mention the above examples to prove that I'm not completely "green" in dealing with behavior issues and that I am capable of putting frustrating feelings aside and work with helping the child. I guess that's why I am so upset this year and about to pull my hair out. I swear for the first few weeks of school I had the "perfect" class. The students were all well mannered, funny, attentive students who were generally excited to be in 2nd grade and learn. Then along came my newest student. She is in no way a "bad" child. Compared to the above examples, I should feel like I'm taking a walk in the park but.... She is slowly driving me insane. There is no one specific behavior but there are a few that happen consistently. She pays attention to NOTHING as far as I can tell. I give a direction and 5 minutes later she could not care any less that she is the only one who hasn't followed it. I have stood in close proximity to her when giving directions. I have used her paper, materials, etc. to hold up to show the class exactly what, where, and how I am talking about doing something; so she is essentially "forced" to pay attention to me. I have spoken to her privately about what she thinks the issue may be that is causing this and how we can fix it. She gives me a different reason each time (and they always seem believable). She is also a student who doesn't seem to care about consequences. Now, I'm not saying she doesn't but she certainly gives off that air about her. It doesn't matter if she's receiving a consequence or if I'm discussing with her how disappointing her behavior is... there is no reaction what so ever. Not a frown, not a cry, no anger, not an "I'm sorry", not even a "please don't tell my mom. I'll get in trouble" (though I do know her mom gives consequences for a bad report in school). This student also disrupts others around her constantly. I've tried moving her desk but there just NO way of removing her from the vicinity of everyone. My room is miniscule and the desks must be grouped. I am at my wits end right now. I know to some people who have more severe issues to deal with, this seems trivial but I assure you that my blood pressure doesn't think so! :unsure: Today I broke one of my own cardinal rules and basically embarrassed her in front of the class. It wasn't meant to have that effect but the result was that regardless. I was back helping a student with something and the class was cleaning up and lining up for specials. Everyone in the class was either lined up or on their way to do so. This child, however, was looking in her folder and messing with her hair. I said her name once and gave her a "look". I saw the recognition in her eyes that she knew what I meant (she is not unaware of what she's doing) yet she continued to sit there. So finally I said, "______ there is no way that you cannot see that everyone else is ready but you. I am sure they are just as tired of waiting for you to follow directions as I am." Her face turned red and I felt terrible after I said it but she had finally pushed me to my limit. There was just no way I was leaving the student who was doing the right thing and NEEDED my help to walk over to her desk, once again discuss what she needed to do, stand there for 5 minutes waiting for her to do it, and have everyone late to P.E. (which, understandably, is not taken kindly by the P.E. teacher) So I realize this was very long and a BIG thank you if you made it all the way through. If anyone has any tidbit of advice, no matter how small, I would be very grateful. I have to do something to benefit this child's learning and my sanity.