I've realized that I've been going back and forth with students when they start to argue with me rather than just stating the facts and moving on. I think the reason is because the kid will continue to belabor the subject even when I'm addressing the class. How do you deal with a student that feels that they are RIGHT and you are WRONG, even when you are right, but the student simply refuses to listen/understand. Here's an example: Student: Ms. ____________, you said we didn't have to do it, so I didn't. Teacher: I never said you didn't have to do it. S: YES YOU DID. YOU DEFINITELY SAID WE DIDN'T. T: I'm not going to argue. You need to start listening to instructions from now on. S: BUT BUT BUT T: Okay, class.. S: (raising voice now) BUT MS. _____ you DEF. didn't say we had to turn it in today. Let me take a vote. Didn't she say... T: (trying to begin lesson) Okay everyone, let's listen up... How do you handle this nagging that just goes on and on? Sometimes ignoring the student works, but it's just so aggravating when you KNOW you are right and the student continues to try to justify the fact that they don't pay attention, which is why they forgot to do something. Also, another problem that I've faced is when I say, "THE NEXT PERSON THAT CALLS OUT WITHOUT RAISING THEIR HAND AND BEING CALLED ON, IS OUT" (due to incessant chatter while I'm talking). After I say this, someone inevitably talks, and I try to send them out, but they begin to argue.. "but-but-but I was just saying the answer" - or something to that effect. This never-ending battle is exhausting. How do you cope?