I work with a student (3rd grade) who just cannot handle any sort of correction. He doesn't fall apart and cry or anything but he becomes very rude, defiant, and argumentative when he is corrected. For example, his class is going on a field trip next week. He kept telling the other students that the trip was on Monday (and I think he honestly thought it was) and the other kids were freaking out because they thought it was Wednesday- which it is. One of the asked me, and I confirmed that Wednesday was the correct date. The student in question told me I was wrong and he was going on Monday because that's the day he wanted to go and I couldn't stop him. We were getting ready to start class and I didn't want to get into an argument with him so I said we could check on the date later. Then he refused to speak for the rest of class except to occasionally glare at me. After class we had a talk about his attitude and he apologized. Today, though, it happened again when I corrected his method of addition- he was starting in the thousands or ten thousands place and working backwards. While the kids were working independently (so as not to single him out) I sat down with him and showed him an example of a problem with regrouping and why we start in the ones place. I also tried to highlight the positive by pointing out that his math facts were correct, he just needed to start working in the ones place in order to get the question right. He told me that "this is the way we do it in my family. We're Irish so we're stubborn and won't listen to what any one says. You'll just have to deal with it." Then he got an office referral/lunch detention for telling the other students they were stupid for listening to me and the other teacher because we just wanted to be bossy. And he refused to speak to anyone for almost two hours after he came back from his lunch detention. Both his regular ed teacher and I have been in touch with his parents several times, they have little to say on the matter other than he is stubborn at home, too, and they will "talk to him." Anyone have an idea of how to handle this? I hate feeling like I'm walking on eggshells around him.