I spend a great deal of time putting together bright, jolly, interactive, differentiated, multi-media, all-singing-all-dancing lessons only to have them sabotaged by two children whose behaviour is beyond the Pale (out of a class of thirty, where another eight have various other special needs). I had a very mixed day again today- most of class lovely most of the time- but these two characters very draining. They think they can get away with it because I work part-time, and while I will always carry out any sanctions I threaten, I am not there most of the week. I went to the Head today to let her know that child A had taken it upon himself to award himself good behaviour stickers on his chart that I had expressly not allowed (what use a chart that fibs?). Made the mistake of bursting into tears (oh, the frustration of a child that plain won't!) Knew as I walked into her study what support she would offer. Oh goody- she will observe me-(it doesn't have to be just the once, lucky me) to see what more I could be doing. I don't mind being observed- (if it could help it would be wonderful)- I am always well planned-up and prepared with those afore-mentioned bright, jolly etc. I just mind the implication that somehow the behaviour of these two is my fault, that something she can point to is lacking. It isn't, she can't, it's theirs, and it needs (to my mind at least) to be said : they, for their many reasons (poor parenting, deprivation, broken homes etc etc etc) behave very badly to many members of staff, show a lack of respect that I find jaw-dropping in eight year olds, need a firm hand and to be punished with something more effective than missing playtime. (Child A misses so many it is an occasion when he gets to have one. This is not down to me-as I said I am part-time, but missing play-time also has a hugely detrimental effect on the lesson after, when an active little boy has not been able to run himself out.) What d'ya all think?