Hi all, Last year I had a lovely group of year 9 (they start their GCSE's in year 9 at my school) however this year my lovely year 9 have turned into undermining year 10's. I teach Design and Technology with the majority of my class being male. That sounds like I'm blaming the entire group when I realise it's only 3-4 students causing problems. I should also mention I have just started my second year of real (not training) teaching. The main source of my problems comes from three pupils. Problem student one: Undermining questions. This boy will ask any question to get under my skin. Even when I shut his behaviour down he will continue in 'quiet mutters'. For example I was in a position last year where I was going to leave the school and the students found out. Rather than accepting that I was staying this year he asks questions like 'So Miss are you going to get fired last year?' 'Why were you leaving last year? Weren't you good enough?'. It's enough that he's getting under my skin and rather than shutting down his behaviour I'm starting to argue back which undermines all of my teaching. Problem student two: The cocky student. This boy seems to have a problem with female staff. He's a capable student but seems to be lazy. It's not that he's not engaged; he just can't be bothered. Whenever I pull him up on his behaviour, which is often distraction techniques that he uses to get out of work, he laughs about it, mocks any techniques I use with him and again seems undermining and prefers to attempt to make fun of me. Problem student three: The unaware. I can't tell if this boy just wants to argue or if he doesn't realise what he does. He often has low level behaviour, shouting out, singing, 'oooo'ing when a student says something cheeky towards me. I can set him detentions for his behaviour and nothing changes. If I ask him to do something he will constantly ask 'why' and even if I give a reason for him he will start to argue. It's almost like he wants to be the rebellious child but doesn't quite know how. If any of you have any advice I would be so grateful. I'm in a school that has a lot of pressure (like many) and it feels like if you admit there's a problem you're basically a failing teacher.