Here’s a great post I just came across that new teachers need to read. You will have those students who will try and push your buttons, and you will want to just give up on that student. I can think of one right now who I have in my class. Jeff Delp reminds us to not give up on that student. Just hang in there a little longer. You may be the only one who hasn’t given up yet. You may be his/her last chance.
Check it out here: http://azjd.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/a-soft-heart-for-challenging-students/