Just curious. One of my friends said one of her 1st grade boys punched her. I was appalled. It made me wonder what other teachers' worst experiences/encounters are. I'm currently a sub, and here is mine. It came on my 2nd subbing job ever. It was 8th grade PE. One of the boys was named Paul. We were walking to the locker room from the baseball field, and I made a comment to him using his name. Something like "Nice arm out there, Paul." He gave me this little smirk and said his name was Paul. "That's what I said," I responded. "No, it wasn't," he retorted. "I said Paul" (as calmly as I could) "It's Paul!" he said it exactly as I did. At this point I cracked a smile. He was totally trying to mess with me. Then I had another less-than-memorable moment. Another kid was walking near me and during softball he didn't give much effort to pick up balls that were hit his way. He just ... kind of let the balls go under his legs. So I said, "Hey Daniel, let's give a stronger effort out there next time alright? You gotta bend over to pick up the ball." "Bend over? That sounds (you know the word)" Probably not the best choice of words on my part. I wanted to say something at that point like "We don't say things like that" but honestly I felt a little rattled and off my game. I felt like I had zero authority at that point and if I said something it would just fall on deaf ears. In hindsight I would have said something, but at the time that it happened, the class was just about over and I just couldn't wait for the next period. I felt fairly defeated. I'm sure there will be more days like this. There always is in teaching, right? The key is to reflect, learn what works and what doesn't work so well, and to not beat ourselves up too much. What about you -- what was your worst moment with a student or/and a parent?