My class had a reading project that was due last week. For several days in a row, this student brought a USB flash drive to school with a note from her mom saying the project was on the flash drive and asked me to print it out because she was out of ink in her printer at home. Each time I opened the file where she told me it was, there was nothing inside. There were just a few files from her recent divorce Yesterday the same scenario happened, no project anywhere that I could find, and I checked every single folder on the drive. That's when my student nonchalantly said, "my mom said if you couldn't find the file this time you were a complete idiot." I was stunned. This student wasn't being mean about it, she was just literally repeating what her mom apparently said (kids say the darnedest things!!) It bothered me all morning, so I called the student over and asked her if that's really what her mom said. She was like, "yeah, she said you have no business being a teacher if you can't even find a file on a USB!" I really have to remember not to be resentful towards this student, but boy did those comments sting! It frustrates me because this student rarely has her homework, her mom has been a no-show to 2 conferences, and I basically have no support from home. I wish I wasn't so sensitive! Thanks for letting me vent!