What are some strategies for students who argue? I had a student today who would not stop arguing with me and I know I could have handled it better. Examples: Student and his friend continued to talk during attendance and I ask him to move. He immediately says "what??? Why me?" I know I should have stood firm and waited for him to move but I was really flustered. This whole class was really bad. I had to separate almost all of the boys before the class was working appropriately. I did give the whole class a warning to quiet down and start working before I started seat changes. Finally, I had to move the student who argues. He again started to argue and I said I'm waiting. He finally went but walked veryyy slowly which I didn't pay attention to. At his new seat, he was still being distracting and annoying but it was better. I did make a mistake when he left his pencil in the sharpener for a very long time and told him that his behavior was not appropriate today. I know I should have asked him if he was done sharpening his pencil instead. He was also upset that I wasn't moving the girls' seats. (Who were all behaving appropriately!) I asked an aide who came in at the end of the period and she said that this student is always like this but the arguing and defensiveness was super annoying! How do you deal with this?