So... I'm a first year teacher. I'm the fourth English teacher to take this position in the past year. They had one quit in October when she got a better job. Another got sick from "stress overload" that aggravated his diabetes and quit after 30 days. Then a long-term sub filled the position until the end of the year, got hired, but couldn't keep the job because she wasn't certified. Joy for me, right? For the most part my classes are exceptional. The quality of work my students crank out impresses me. However, my seniors and I struggle. The woman who was previously hired still works at the school and so my students often want to go hang out with her. They also go to her for help when I give them an assignment. One student in particular hates me because he wanted her as a teacher. He questions everything I do. When we were reading Dante's Inferno he asked me a question about an analysis question I had handed out. I didn't know the answer off the top of my head so I said I would look. He was really vocal about me not knowing what I was teaching and that he was just going to write this. I said fine, write that. Then I found the answer and told him what it was. He said if I didn't know it, he didn't need to. I was fuming. The next time he asked for a pass to go hang out with his former teacher I told him no. He could do the work I assign for my class IN my class. He didn't need her help. He made an excuse about needing a computer (that is the only room with computers) and so I told him he needed a pass. He said: yeah, duh, that's kind of why I asked for a pass. And just kept rambling and laughing. I finally realized I was letting him intimidate me and I spoke with him privately after class. I told him I went to college to become an Englush teacher. That I am a certified Englush teacher and that he would stop treating me like a sub. He just walked out. Today, a few days later, I'm sharing a question with my class. I tell them to write a a paragraph about the structure of Hamlet. He goes: I don't understand. How am I supposed to do this? Research it online and well share our findings. So, basically, you want us to write a paragraph about **** we haven't learned because you haven't taught it. Because I can do that I just want to be sure that's what you're asking. I stopped class and explained that I HAD, in fact, taught that during my introduction to Hamlet lecture. I then asked a different student to tell me why Hamlet is written in five acts and she answered correctly. What am I doing wrong? Should I ignore this kid when he implies I'm not teaching anything? It pisses me off royally.