Why am I highly amused at that fifth grade attitude? Today, a student in another fifth grade class was in line waiting to go out to recess. His teacher saw him and said, "D...., I don't believe you did your homework. Report to study hall." And he turns away in disgust and says, "Ahhh, man....!" It makes me laugh. I had a student who wouldn't stop tilting back in his chair. I explained why I didn't want him to do it, and he kept on. I told him if he did it one more time, he could put his chair in the hall and stand the rest of the period. Of course he was standing within five minutes. Kept leaning down to rest his body on the desk, and I kept telling him to stand up straight. He thought it was a hilarious game for about ten minutes. However, I'm the one who found it to be pretty funny. He was trying so hard to outlast me, a veteran teacher of 23 years. Two students stayed after school today until 4:30 working on things they hadn't done during the first two weeks of school. Did they really think we were just going to say, "Oh, well...."? They had such miserable looks on their faces when the buses pulled away. The new fifth grade teacher across the hall has got it down pat. Her favorite expression is "You must be out of your mind." I do love teaching these pre-adolescents.