So I just need to hear what I already know to be true. Bad nights happen to everyone...right? I am new to the job and just when I think I have them all figured out, a new school year begins and my students change a bit. Seniors leave and sixth graders join us. I expected the older ones, who were left, to lead the new ones.
Instead they are encouraging disrespect (when I teach) as well as an attitude of "you can't teach me anything new...I have been in church all my life." I actually had a student say tonight, "Because sin is bad, is that your next point? Did I beat you to it?" Really? So I am frustrated and I need to know it happens to everyone.
I am working as our interim Youth Minister and have been for almost a year, with no prospect of them hiring someone else...which is good, I don't want them to! I just need some advice.
The interrupting, and cutting up while I am teaching is getting out of hand. I don't know quite what I should do. I have little youth leader volunteer support right now but I am working on that as well.
Any thoughts on how to teach the ones who think they know it all?