So, today one of my colleagues came to talk to me about ways to fully engage his class. He has been told to go sit in my class and do what I do--that I am the best at what I do and his class should be like mine. Now, here's the problem. I teach Dual Enrollment, AP and Honors. My kids panic if they have below a B, and if they don't, their parents do. I do not have behavior problems--an occasional cellphone out, or some off task behavior when the class is working, but in general--no skipping, no defiance, no walk outs, no cursing, all those things. My kids care, and for the most part, want to be there. I do make every effort to make my class fun, but there are days when we read and answer questions. Or write an essay. Or do grammar practice. I am truly blessed, and love my students. He teaches lower level students, many of whom are happy to simply get a D--they don't care and don't want to be there, so being written up is no big deal, and most of them have no one at home to come after them. When I am in a "regular" class, my kids are not all engaged--some are, but a lot are off task, talking, skipping, tardies, what-have-you--my class is not a "model" then. I know what I'm good at, and I have pushed for quite a few years to get this type of a schedule. I don't know what advice to give him. There is no way his class can be like mine--my kids will do their homework so we can do the discussion, or the collaborative writing, or the performance project. His won't. I appreciate that I'm being held up as a model, but am I wrong in thinking the administration is very blind and uninformed to think that he or anyone, can have a classroom like mine without the same types of kids as I do? Any suggestions I can give him?