Hiya, I've been teaching for nearly 5 years and have just taken on a new role in my department- one of the resposibilites is to help to manage behaviour. So if a member of staff is having problems with a particular pupil, then I'm called in to speak to them, and deal with it from there. I also run a department detention. I am getting increasingly fed up with dealing with disrespectful pupils who seem to do nothing but backchat when I'm trying to speak to them about their behaviour. This also happens a lot in my lessons with my own pupils, and seems to be a bit of a whole school problem. Colleagues complain about the same thing. Is it too much to ask, to be spoken to like a normal human being? Is it just one of the downsides of being a teacher? Please someone tell me there are schools out there where pupils don't speak to their teachers like they're something on the bottom of their shoe?