I'm a long term sub at a middle school; we just started school on Monday. With that said, is it normal for 8th graders to always say, "What did you say!?" every 2 seconds? Ugh! It's soooo annoying. What do you mean what did I say? I just announced it 2 or 3 times...about 2 seconds ago! To me, it's like they're not paying attn. Is this normal? Are they at the age where they can't remember stuff or are they just not paying attn? What do you guys do in this situation? High schoolers seem to do the same thing so that's another reason why I was thinking they're just not paying attn. Also, notebooks were due today - I have almost 130 kids total and probably 15, at the most, had both of their notebooks! I even told them if they didn't have them today, they would lose daily points. I also told them if they wouldn't be able to have them by Thurs they should let me know. No one said anything... When I start checking notebooks - "Ms. SportsJunkie, what kind of notebooks do we need!?" I just don't understand. It was on the board in HUGE letters on Tues and Wed. I announced it on Tuesday at the beginning of class....on Tuesday at the end of class...on Wed at the beginning of class...and Wed at the end of class. What do you mean you forgot? What do you mean you didn't know what kind of notebooks were due? *sigh* Perhaps I need to teach at the college level.