This week, I have mostly been irritated by gobby children demanding 'respect', or accusing me of being disrespectful towards them. Now, I believe I treat all children (and most adults) respectfully. Clearly the language has shifted recently, as my disrespect has manifested as: 1) No you can't go to the toilet in the lesson. 2)...because that's the rules 3)...and I don't care what Mr/s X does 4) You have a detention for Y 5) No I won't let you off 6) Stop talking 7) ...now 8) Evolution happened even if you don't believe it 9) The big bang happened even if you don't believe it 10) I'm not interested in hearing your excuse for your behaviour for the 4th time. I heard and rejected it. 11) Bring a note 12) Because you lie to me constantly and I therefore can't trust your word 13) I'm not your friend, don't call me 'fam' 14) I'm an adult working in your school, different rules apply to each of us 15) That's not correct The kids at this school really don't understand how the dynamic is supposed to work. But then that's because in this school, it hasn't up until recently.