Are you always a smartass?' Nope. Sometimes I'm asleep.
Avoid selling to dumb customers, there aren't enough left!
As a teacher, no matter what grade level, no matter how hard you try to engage the entire class or implement the suggestions above, you will still encounter “that one kid” who will get under your skin: the class clown, the smart-ass, the student who acts like you are pulling his teeth every time you ask him to do something, the kid who always has to say “this is stupid.” They are just part of the clientele base we serve and they can drive us to drinking (figuratively speaking…and sometimes literally). Please remember that you are the adult. The negativity or resistance “that one kid” radiates can be handled in a way that does not disturb the class structure.