I have to wonder who else out there has ever said to their kids (in frustration, of course), "Hey, I'm not teaching this for my benefit. I already passed ____ grade! I don't need to learn this! You do!" Only to find that this tactic really isn't the best?? Hopefully I'm not the only one who sometimes forgets all those fabulous things I learned in the (perfect) student teaching world...Anyway, I was feeling like this Thursday, and I was having trouble getting my students' attention. However, rather than revert to strategies that have proven ineffective, especially with these "emotionally disabled" children, I decided to go all anti-Margaret. I became that perky, high-pitched, super smiley teacher. I told the students that I had already learned this material, and I knew it well, and I was going to prove it by teaching it. I then stated, "I'm a fabulous teacher, and I'm going to teach, and I'm going to teach it well. It's up to you to learn it." They looked at me as if I had lost my mind, BUT after I answered my own questions with enthusiasm about 4 times, they gave in and started participating. It was quite satisfying.