This 9 grader is a very interesting case, and not really sure how to help the situation.Out of all the students he is the only one who is still consistently misbehaving, every day. All the other behavior problems usually have 1 bad moment (or class period), I either have a consequence, or talk to them, or both, and then they're great for 3-7 days. This is what he does: - disruptive, trying to talk to others, getting them involved (but not really loud) - uses profanity, like many other students, but not directing it towards me - tries to get the other students to misbehave. They actually don't listen to him! It's interesting and kinda funny. For example he would try to tell others to speak Spanish, because I don't speak it, but they just ignore him! He tried this a couple of times and no one even reacted to him. - sometimes comes in, sits down and says: 'I'm not doing shxt today!' My response is: 'ok, well then you can leave' This means he's going to another classroom that's kids suspended from class due to behavior, and there are other consequences with it. He stays, which is fine with me, I wasn't telling him to go, it was an option he could choose. - his biggest offense is being disruptive and defiant. - he does do his work, not all of it, because misbehaving stops him, but he does more that I though he would. So he's not failing his classes, although he didn't do well on any of his tests. This is why it's so strange: - he is looking at me 75 % of the time! Not in a weird way, but I have his full attention! So this indicates that he's looking for some kind of reaction from me, trying to test me, get to know me, to see how far he gets, etc. In response I have tried everyting: - followed my '2 warnings, you're out' rule a few times, where he received detention or was suspended from the class (this is a bigger consequence). This happened more than with any other students. Then next day he continued the problems. - gave him more warnings, changed his seat, etc, didn't work - ignored him, just acted like he wasn't there. (He would use profanity and then look at me. He would use a gang-related term, then look at me.) When he talks he's not loud, but I personally can't ignore that. Maybe other teachers could? Didn't work. - had heart to heart talks with him about 5 times (in 3 weeks). Didn't work - principal talked to him, probation talked to him, other teachers talked to him, didn't work. - he's a perfect little angel in his other classes, we don't know what the problem is. - the only thing that seemed to work is something I'm not proud of and I don't want to keep it up: putting him 'on blast' in front of the others. One day I just had enough of me trying to tip-toe around him (had all these talks of 'how can I help you, what is it that you need to be successful in my class' and none of it made a difference). I also was just told that day that he bragged to others how he back talks to me. So I had enough and basically let him know in front of others that 'everyone else is able to follow my directions, he's the only one that doesn't want to, I had enough of that, and I'm tried of babysitting him. On top of that none of his friends find his behavior amusing, when he told them to speak Spanish, they ignored him, they don't care, etc'. I didn't raise my voice, I just made it firm. He got quiet for the rest of the period. I know this may have been humiliating for him, but this was going on for over 2 weeks at the time. And it was infuritating for me to know that he brags about backtalking. He knows what he's doing, he's just playing. So I did this another time, and it worked. But yesterday even others in the class were like 'just send him out of the class! This is so annoying'. I didn't send him, because although he was disrputive, he wasn't as bad as in other times. One more thing that's interesting to me: he's not disrespectful to me. So when i ask him to come to me because I need to talk, he comes. Willingly, almost like as if he needs it. He would sit there, looking at me, listening attentively. I could talk as long as I want to, he'll stay. I tried this out last time, i talked to him for 7 minutes, he sat there, while the others were enjoying their free time, and he didn't complain. When i ask him if he has questions, or I ask specific questions, he doesn't have any, or the answer is 'I don't know'. Then he goes, and the next day he acts the same way. We called home Friday (so far I tried to call twice, but the mom doesn't speak English), so the secretary translated. Mom said she'll talk to him. My P said to try this with him: every day, take 10 seconds and tell h im: this is what you did right today..., this is what you did wrong: ..." don't look for answers, don't say anything else. I tried it Friday, and will continue on Monday. But we're just stunned.