I want to know what everyone's thought here is on the issue of teaching a child (ages say, 8-12) to care about what they are being taught and to do their best (in a school/classroom-like setting). I am a college student studying to become an art teacher, and have been given an opportunity to teach in a small community center and I have encountered a few kids who just could give a rats ass about what you are teaching them, and thus, they become disruptive and even angry sometimes. For example, I had one kid who absolutely REFUSED to take instruction from me, and everything I told him to do he did the opposite. This kid also has problem with poking fun of this one girl who is overweight and he calls her names for it, in front of her and behind her back, regardless of how many times people have told him not to. When I am in the middle of explaining things, he would often disrupt me on purpose because he finds it boring. These children do not have to be here, they or their parents are not paying for it, it is a free service, and I am a volunteer trying to get some experience. They do not pass or fail, as they do not receive grades, so their negative behaviors are not being punished. I would like to really teach the kids who care, and they often become quiet and nervous when this kid and others like him act up. I want to try to get him to care and behave, but I am not here to be his mother, and I feel like if he or others aren't going to care, then they should not be in my class. I don't want to kick them out, I feel a bit bad about it, but I feel like it is the best thing I can do for the others so that they can have a better environment for learning. Since I am a beginner, I have no idea what would be the right way to handle situations like this. I am hoping some one out there could help out?