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Old 08-19-2019, 01:46 PM
 
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My last two years, I had a really difficult group of kids (I followed them up from 6th to 7th in order to switch content areas). One of my administrators described the group, privately, as soul-sucking...And while there are definitely some good kids mixed in, as a whole this group of 8th graders is worse in terms of blatant defiance and attitude than the other group was.
The problem might be that it's really the same group. - You went from 6th to 7th to 8th - so you've stayed with the same graduating class the whole way through, and most teachers will agree that some years are just "more" - more challenging/needy/difficult/etc.

My pet theory is that it's groups who were born during particularly stressful times, but I don't have anything to back that up.
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